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 Bio Bulletin

December 16, 2014

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Three published papers from the Burrus Lab!  Congratulations everyone!

  • "Identification of the WNT1 Residues Required for Palmitoylation of Porcupine" by Matilde Miranda, Lisa Galli, Michael Enriquez, Linda Szabo, X. Gao, R. Hannoush and Dr. Laura Burrus published in FEBS Letters.
  • "Concentration-Dependent Effects of WNTLESS on WNT1/3A Signaling" by Lisa Galli, Linda Szabo, Lydia Li, Yin Min Htaik, Ouma Onguka and Dr. Laura Burrus published in Develomental Dynamics.
  • "Frizzled 10 Mediates WNT1 and WNT3A Signaling in the Dorsal Spinal Cord of the Developing Chick Embryo" by Lisa Galli, Roeben Munji, S. Chapman, Ann Easton, Lydia Li, Ouma Onguka, Joe Ramahi, Rowena Suriben, Linda Szabo, Camilla Teng, Baouyen Tran, R. Hannoush and Dr. Laura Burrus published in Developmental Dynamics.

Dr. Vance Vredenburg co-authored "Rediscovery of the Critically Endangered Streamside Frog, Craugastor taurus (Craugastoridae) in Costa Rica" published in Open Access Journal.  His work with endangered frogs was mentioned in a Belgian/Dutch science magazine Ecos Magazine article.  Congratulations Dr. Vredenburg!

Student Thesis Defense:  "Systematics of the Chilean Spider Genus Porteria Simon" by Elizabeth Morrill, 2:00 p.m., December 16, California Academy of Sciences, L3 Classroom,  Everyone is welcomed.

Student Thesis Defense:  "Investigating the Diets of Nauplius Larvae and Adults of a Predatory Copepod Using DNA Barcoding" by Carrie Craig (Cohen Lab), 1:00 p.m., December 17, Bay Conference Center, RTC.  Everyone is welcomed.


Christmas/New Year's Campus Closure:  December 25-January 1.

CSU's Faculty-Led-I-Corps Teams are funded by the National Science Foundation to help scientists and engineers learn how to identify useful or valuable produce concepts based on ideas derived from academic research.  Teams must be formed by February 16.  For more information, visit: or call:  619-594-2822.


University of Wisconsin, Madison offers Summer Research Opportunities Program for Undergraduates.  For more information, visit: (Posted 11/25)

For information on paid summer undergraduate research programs, visit: (Posted 11/25) 

DANTA offers field courses in tropical biology and conservation.  For more information, visit: (Posted 11/25)

Organization for Tropical Studies offers 5-week graduate level course "Tropical Plant Systematics."  Course is in Spanish.  For more information, visit: (Posted 11/18)

US Department of Homeland Security offers HS-STEM Summer Internships.  $6K stipend (undergraduates) or $7K stipend (graduates) and travel expenses provided.  Must be US citizen.  Application deadline:  December 22.  For more information, visit: 

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:

Office of Science/Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists is accepting applications for 2015 Summer Internship/Fellowship programs:  Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship and Community College Internship.  Application deadline:  January 9.  For more information, visit: or 

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute offers summer undergraduate, graduate and educators internship program.  $500/week stipend provided.  Application deadline:  January 13.  For more information, visit:

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy offers Marin Headlands Native Plant Nursery Internship beginning February 3.  40 hours/week; $150-$275/week stipend provided; dormitory-style housing may be provided.  Application deadline:  January 30.  For more information, email:

American Museum of Natural History offers summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates in evolution biology.  Stipend, housing, meals and some travel provided.  Application deadline:  January 30.  Learn more at: 

Amgen-UROP Scholars Program offers summer Undergraduate Research Program in Science and Biotechnology in MIT laboratories.  $4,320 stipend, travel, on-campus housing and meal allowance provided.  Application deadline:  February 2.  For more information, visit:, email:, tel:  617-253-7306.

Amgen Scholars Program offers undergraduate opportunities to collaborate with faculty at top institutions on cutting-edge scientific research.  Application deadline:  February 2.  For more information, visit: 

University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute offers summer Undergraduate Research in Subtropical Marine Ecosystems.  $5K stipend, housing, travel and food provided.  Application deadline:  February 9.  For more information, visit: or email: 

UCSF offers "Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research" designed to encourage master's level students to consider a doctorate.  Application deadline:  February 13.  For more information, call:  415-514-9409, email: or visit: 

Kalu Yala, a new sustainable town being built in Panama, offers summer internships.  Application deadline:  February 15.  For more informatin, visit:  http:/

University of Kentucky offers Research Experience for Undergraduates in Suburban Ecology and Invasive Species.  $5K stipend, housing and food allowance provided.  Application deadline:  February 15.  For more information, visit: or email:

SURF Program offers undergraduate student collaboration with potential mentors to define and develop projects that are carried out in a 10-week summer period. $6K awards provided.  Application deadline:  February 22.  For more information, visit:

Atlantic Veterinary College Lobster Science Centre (Canada) offers fully funded Ph.D. program in lobster health related to contaminants exposure.  Application deadline:  April 4.  For more information, contact Dr. Spencer Greewood, or call:  902-566-6002. 


For information on financial support in graduate school, visit: (Posted 11/25)

For information on NASA-supported internships, fellowships and scholarships, visit: (Posted 11/25)

Switzer Environmental Fellowships ($15K) for graduate students committed to leadership in environmental fields application deadline:  January 9.  For more information, visit:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health and Division of Laboratory Sciences seeks undergraduate and graduate Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment.  Fellowship stipend ($2,000/month for full-time undergraduate; $3,400/month for full-time graduate student fellows) provided.  Application deadline:  January 16.  For more information, visit:  http:/ or, email:, tel:  770-488-7854 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Education Partnership Program offers Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship and Educational Partnership Program Scholarships for undergraduates majoring in oceanic and atmospheric science and related fields.  Must be US citizen with 3.0 or better GPA.  Application deadline:  January 30.  For more information, visit:,, email:, tel:  301-628-2913 

CSU President's Commission Scholars Program's Request for Proposals deadline:  February 11 (before 5:00 p.m. PST).  $8K grants available for CSU student/faculty teams for summer biotechnology-related research experiences.  For more information, visit:, email:, tel:  619-594-2822


California Academy of Sciences' Explore, Explain and Sustain! Seminar Series presents "Applications of Robotic Agriculture and Museum Science" by Dr. Ariel Zajdban (BlueRiver Technology), 3:00-4:00 p.m., December 18, Boardroom.

California Botanical Society's 25th Graduate Student Symposium is accepting abstracts.  Deadline:  December 31.  For more information, visit:

Emory University presents Third Annual Emory-Laney Graduate School STEM Research and Career Symposium, March 25-27, Atlanta, GA.  Event open to undegraduate and graduate students.  Travel reimbursement and housing may be provided.  Application deadline:  January 15.  For more information, visit:


Branson Summer STEM Institute (Ross, CA) seeks research mentors and teaching assistants to inspire exceptional Bay Area high school students by designing and implementing research projects.  Full-time, temporary employment, July 8-24.  Salary:  $2500-$3000.  Learn more at: (Posted 12/9)

Infrastructure Engineering Corporation (Fremont) seeks Environmental (CEQA/NEPA/Permitting) Specialist.  BA/BS degree in relevant field and 2-8 years' experience required.  For more information, email: (Posted 11/25)

California Native Plant Society seeks Assistant Vegetation Ecologist for 4-6 months of office (Sacramento) and field work beginning December 1.  BS/BA or greater degree in biology, botany or related field required.  Salary:  $15-17/hour.  For more information, email: or visit: (Posted 11/18)

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:


University of Bristol, UK Sumner Lab seeks Field Assistant for 3-month (February-May) study of the evolution of wasp social behavior in French Guiana (South America).  BA/BS in biology or related field required.  For more information, visit: or email: (Posted 12/16)

UCSF Emotion, Health and Psychophysiology Lab seeks Research Assistants for studies on how the mind influences the body and vice versa.  10-12 hours/week.  For more information, email: (Posted 12/9)

Willamette University's Smith Lab seeks volunteers to participate in field research studying the pollination biology and coevolution of Joshua trees and yucca moths in central Nevada, March-April.  Transportation and food provided.  Application deadline:  December 24.  For more information, email: (include "Volunteer Field Assistant" in subject line). 

Wageningen University seeks field assistant to study the maintenance of phenotypic variation in great tits in the Netherlands, April-June.  BS/BA degree or higher required.  Travel and lodging may be provided.  Application deadline:  January 30.  For more information, email: or or visit: