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 Bio Bulletin

October 21, 2014

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Biology's ZomBeeWatch website was listed as's "Five Projects to Put a Smile on Your Skull."  To learn more, visti:  Congratulations to the ZomBee Watch website team!

Follow Dr. Pleuni Pennings' blog to learn more about current disease threats.  Visit: and

Biology has a new Facebook page!  "Like" us at SFSU Biology Department and read about Department news and events.  (Posted 9/30)

Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Enviromental Science Seminar Series presents research reports from three graduate Marine Biology majors in the Wilkerson Lab:  "Variability and Mass Flux of Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen and Chlorophyll-a at a Restored Site in Suisun Marsh" by Shannon Strong, "Effects of Wastewater on Phytoplankton Nitrogen Utilization and Community Composition" by Nicole Travis and "Climate Change Effects on the San Francisco Estuary Delta Phytoplankton Community:  Investigations into the Role of Temperature and Salinity Tolerance on Growth" by Allison Johnson, 3:30 p.m., October 22, Bay Conference Center.  To learn more about upcoming speakers and titles, visit:  Everyone is welcomed.

Colloquium in Microbiology, Cell & Molecular Biology presents "Brr2 and Prp8 Retinitis Pigmentosa Alleles Impacting the Efficiency and Fidelity of Multiple Steps in the Splicing Cycle" by Dr. Megan Mayerle (UCSF), 4:00-5:00 p.m., October 23, SCI 201.  To learn more about upcoming speakers and titles, visit:  Everyone is welcomed.

Visit to learn about Graduate Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology major Dena Emmerson's campaign to fund her project on blood parasites and bird song.  (Posted 9/30)

Interested in conducting biological field work?  Visit: (Posted 9/30)


SF State Alumni & Family Weekend, October 24-26.  For more information, visit: 

Veterans Day (no classes; offices closed):  November 11.

Fall Recess (no classes):  November 24-28.


University of Montana at Missoula offers 3-unit undergraduate Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies, December 29-January 16.  For more information, visit: (Posted 10/14)

San Francisco Bay Joint Venture (San Francisco, Richmond and Fairfax) offers 16-24 week, part-time Internship.  Travel and meals reimbursement provided.  Minimum three years of coursework toward completion of a Bachelor's degree required.  To apply, email cover letter, resume and two references to  For more information, visit: or (Posted 10/7)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity.  $4,500 stipend, housing and paid travel provided.  Application deadline:  November 3.  To apply, visit: 

DANTE offers Study Abroad course "Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation," January 1-15, Costa Rica.  For more information, visit: or email: (Posted 9/23)

University of Florida offers Undergraduate Marine Resources Population Dynamics Workshop, March 1-7.  All costs for participants covered.  Must be US citizen.  Application deadline:  November 17.  For more information, email:, call:  352-294-0886 or visit: or 

UC Berkeley School of Public Health invites graduate-level health profession, environmental science and microbiology majors to apply for 11-month Interdisciplinary MPH Program.  Application deadline:  December 1.  For more information, visit: or email:

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship offers 10-week summer Internship Program designed for students pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees.  3.0 or higher gpa required.  Application deadline:  January 2.  For more information, visit: or email:


SF State College of Science & Engineering undergraduate and graduate scholarships application deadline:  October 23, 3:00 p.m.  For more information, visit: 

Sophie Hittner Scholarship ($500) available to undergraduate SF State single parent who demonstrates academic achievement, family commitment and community engagement.  Application deadline:  October 27.  For more information, visit:

CSU COAST Graduate Student Research Awards ($3K/student) application deadline:  October 27, 5:00 p.m.  For more information, email: or visit:

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program application deadline:  November 4.  $32K/year stipend provided.  Must be US citizens/residents.  For more information, visit:  ADM 211 (SF State), call:  415-405-2128, email: or visit:

UNCF Merck Science Initiative Science undergraduate and graduate student Scholarships and Fellowships application deadline:  December 2.  For more information, visit:, email: or call:  202-810-0331. 

Department of Defense undergraduate/graduate scholarships for science majors application deadline:  December 15.  Must be US citizen.  For more information, visit:


California Academy of Sciences' Explore, Explain and Sustain! Seminar Series presents "Using Molecular Data to Establish the Origin and Dispersal of Invasive Species" by Dr. Angel Valdes (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona), 3:00-4:00 p.m., October 23, Boardroom.

Bay Area Science Festival 2014, October 23-November 1, celebrates science with events taking place from Santa Rosa to San Jose.  For more information, visit: 

The Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center offers free "Expanding Potential:  A Workshop Advocating for Women in STEM," 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., November 15, UC Berkeley. Registration deadline:  October 31.  For more information, visit: 


Uber for Seniors seeks reliable students with cars to help seniors living in San Mateo and San Francisco counties with transportation.  $22/hour.  For more information and/or to apply, visit: or email:  (Posted 10/21)

David & Lucile Packard Foundation seeks full-time Program Associate for Conservation and Science Program.  For more information, visit: (Posted 9/23)

SF State's Student Involvement & Career Center offers "Quick Questions," 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Monday-Tuesday) and 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Wednesday-Thursday), Student Service Bldg, Room 206.  Career counselor available for help with cover letters and resumes.  For more information, visit:


Volunteers with marine invertebrate knowledge are needed for Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., November 1, AT&T Park.  For more information and/or to volunteer, email: by October 27 or visit: 

UCSF/Mission Bay Campus Neurodegenerative research lab seeks volunteer to assist with basic lab duties, immunohistochemistry and histological processing in study of early vulnerability of the brainstem in Alzheimer's disease.  1 year commitment required.  Relevant coursework preferred.  For more information, email:  (Posted 10/7)

UCSF Pediatrics lab seeks undergraduate/graduate student volunteer lab assistants for next-generation sequencing with subsequent modeling of mutations and abnormal gene function in zebrafish project.  Prefer volunteers experienced with PCR, DNA extraction, gel electrophoresis, in-situ hybridization and/or public databases (Ensembl, UCSC genome browser).  Flexible hours/days.  For more information, email: (Posted 9/23)