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 Bio Bulletin

September 30, 2014

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Congratulations to Dr. Kimberly Tanner who was promoted to Full Professor!  A campus-wide celebration to honor faculty who were promoted this year will be held 4:00-5:30 p.m., October 8, Seven Hills Conference Center.  For more information, visit:  Everyone is invited.

Graduate Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology major Dena Emmerson (Sehgal Lab) presented a poster on her research investigating the effect of parasites on bird song at the Western Bird Banding Association's Annual Meeting.  Dena has also launched an Instrumentl campaign to fund her project on blood parasites and bird song at:  Congratulations Dena!

Graduate Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology major Allison Nelson (Sehgal Lab) presented her research on tracking the migration of hermit thrushes at the Western Bird Banding Association's Annual Meeting.  Congratulations Allison!

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 "Coastal 'Blue Carbon' and Climate Change -- Local Adaptation, Global Mitigation" by DR. Lisamarie Windham-Myers (USGS Menlo Park), 3:30 p.m., October 1, Bay Conference Center.  To learn more about upcoming speakers and titles, visit:  Everyone is welcomed.

Colloquium in Microbiology, Cell & Molecular Biology presents "Mobilization of the Actin Cytoskeleton by Microbial Pathogens" by Dr. Matt Welch (UC Berkeley), 4:00-5:00 p.m., October 2, SCI 201.  To learn more about upcoming speakers and titles, visit:  Everyone is welcomed.

Current and future Biology undergraduate majors are invited to open advising sessions, 12:30-1:30 p.m., September 30, HH 501.  Bring your questions!  For more information, email:  Dr. Sally Pasion,

Applying for Graduation this Fall?  Check these websites:

Interested in conducting biological field work?  Visit: (Posted 9/3)


27th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium, January 8-10, Santa Clara poster abstract submission deadline:  October 6.  For more information, visit: 

27th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium Award Nominations deadline:  October 7.  For more information, visit: or call:  619-594-2822. 

School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement's Climate Action Forum Film Series presents "Standing on Sacred Ground:  Profit and Loss," October 13, "The Wisdome to Survive:  Climate Change, Capitalism and Community," October 14 and "Disruption," October 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m., LIB 121. 

Earth and Climate Science Department's Distinguished Speakers Seminar Series presents "The Evidence for a Discernible Human Influence on Global Climate" by Ben Santer (Lawrence Livermore National Lab), 1:00 p.m., October 14, TH 604.  For more information, visit:  Everyone is welcomed.

School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Public Lecture Series presents "Speaking on Updates from the Front Lines of the Climate Fight" by Bill McKibben, 2:00-4:30 p.m, October 16, McKenna Hall.

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


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease offers 4-day Research Opportunities Program for college-level seniors, February 2-5.  Application deadline:  October 15.  For more information, 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 Montana Environmental Studies Program offers 3-unit undergraduate winter course:  ENST 391, Carribbean Ecosystem Field Studies, December 29-January 16.  For more information, visit: or email: (Posted 9/16)

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:


SF State IRA Student Travel grants ($600 maximum/student) application deadline:  October 6, 4:00 p.m.  Must be an active participant in the conference/meeting.  To apply, visit: 

2014 Howell-CSUPERB Research Scholar Award Program for undergraduate researchers in women's health field application deadline:  October 8.  For more information, visit: 

CSUPERB Student Travel Grant Program provides support for CSU student travel to biotechnology-related professional meetings and workshops or to collect biotechnology-related data.  Application deadline:  October 13.  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:

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 "Botany of Brew" by Dr. Dylan Burge (California Academy of Sciences), 3:00-4:00 p.m., October 2, Boardroom.

Partners in Health presents "Field Reports and A Global Response -- An Evening with Drs. Paul Farmer, Eric Goosby, Dan Kelly and Raj Panjabi," 7:30 p.m., October 3, Nourse Theater, 201-299 Hayes Street, San Franciso.  Tickets:  $10 for students; $20 for non-students.  For more information,visit: 

Stanford University presents "Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians" seminar series.  Information session:  October 4.  For more information, visit: 

12th Annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference "Empowering the Next Generation of Health Care Professionals," October 11-12.  For more information, visit:

Grant Funding USA offers "Grant Funding and Proposal Writing Essentials Course," October 15-17, Los Angeles.  For more information, call:  888-859-5659 or visit: 

3rd Virtual International Conference on Advanced Research in Scientific Areas, December 1-5, at  Full paper submission deadline:  October 20.  For more information, email: 

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: 


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

University of Rhode Island's Department of Biological Science seeks Multicultural Post-Doctoral Fellow with expertise in genetics.  For more information, visit: or (Posted 9/16)

After School Program Tutor needed for San Francisco elementary school children.  For more information, call Ruth Rogers, 415-586-1444 x209 or 415-254-0413.  (Posted 9/16)

Making Waves Education Program seeks part-time experienced science, math, reading and writing teachers for high school students.  Pay rate:  $14.50/hour.  Must be a college junior or senior.  For more information, visit: (Posted 9/9)

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:


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)