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 Bio Bulletin

April 21, 2015

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Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology Colloquium presents "Big Data for Plant Ecology and Conservation" by Dr. Naia Morueta-Holme (UC Berkeley), 2:00-3:00 p.m., April 21, HH 543.  To learn more about upcoming seminar presentations, visit:

Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Environmental Science Seminar Series presents "Coping withToxic Foods:  Using Transcriptomics to Investigate the Effect of Alexandrium fundyense on the Physiology of a Marine Copepod" by Dr. Petra Lenz (University of Hawaii), 3:30 p.m., April 22, Bay Conference Center.  To learn more about upcoming seminar presentations, visit:

Colloquium in Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology presents "Robustness and Metabolism of Plants" by Dr. Sue Rhee (Stanford University), 4:00-5:00 p.m., April 23, SCI 210.  To learn more about upcoming seminar presentations, visit: 

Biology Development Committee seeks volunteers to take photos, help with set up and refreshment serving for Biology's 3rd Annual Alumni Event, April 23.  Great opportunity to meet and network with alumni!  For more information, email: 

Student Thesis Defense:  "North American Cercis:  A Morphometric and Phylogenetic Study" by Camille Nowell (Fritsch Lab), 3:00 p.m., April 24, California Academy of Sciences, L3 North Classroom.  Everyone is invited, but RSVP to requested.

Biology Stockroom host Spring 2015 Fisher Vendor Show, Noon-1:30 p.m., April 30, HH 5th Floor Lobby.  Lunch provided.  Everyone is invited!

Student Thesis Defense:  "Dorsal Streams of Migrating Neurons in the Human Infant Brain" by David James, 2:00-4:00 p.m., May 6, TH 428.

9th Annual Biology Department Baccalaureate and Masters Recognition Ceremony, 10:00-Noon, May 24, GYM 100.  (Students should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.)  Tickets on sale (cash only) at Biology Stockroom (HH 539):  $15/student; $15/guest (limited to four guests).  Event may sell out, but any guest tickets available after May 1 will be sold on first come, first served basis.  

Enrolling in Biology classes this Summer?  Registration now open.  For more information, visit: (Posted 4/7)


The Department of Biology and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) proudly present the 3rd annual Alumni Event "Networking in the 21st Century:  From SF State to Biotech, Reflections from a SF State Alumna" by Judith Sernatinger (MA Cellular and Molecular Biology 1987) V.P., Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., April 23, 5:00 p.m., reception, HH 3rd Floor Lobby; 6:00 p.m., lecture, HH 501.


Important Note:  Several phishing scams are reaching SF State accounts.  An investigation is underway to determine the cause.  If you fall for a phishing scam you should immediately change your password and report the incident to  For more information, contact the Information Technology Services Help Desk or 415-338-1420 (Posted 3/31)

2015 COSE Student Project Showcase, May 8.  Registration deadline:  April 29.  Learn more at: 


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (San Francisco) offers Internship.  Must be a U.S. citizen and current undergraduate or graduate CSU student.  To learn more, email: or call:  909-537-3860.  (Posted 3/24)

University of Belize Environmental Research Institute offers summer Study Abroad course in Tropical Marine Ecology and Consevation.  Application deadline:  April 30.  Learn more at: or email: 


Climate Change Scholars program offers undergraduate financial assistance.  Application deadline:  May 15.  For more information, visit: or email: 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers Greater Research Opportunities Fellowships for undergraduates in environmental fields of study.  Application deadline:  May 19.  For more information, visit:

Marine Aquarium Societies of North America offer scholarships for graduate and undergraduate majors in marine science or related fields.  Application deadline:  June 19.  Learn more at: 


SF State Community Garden Opening, Noon-2:00 p.m., April 23, Mary Park Residential Hall.  Free food, art and crafts!

California Academy of Sciences' Explore, Explain and Sustain! Spring lecture series presents "Your Brain on Story:  The Neural and Cognitive Science behind the Startling Power of Story" by Dr. Kendell Haven, 3:00-4:00 p.m., April 23, Boardroom.

Linkedin invites Bay Area Chapters of the Society of Women Engineers to Mountain View campus for Women in Technology group, Noon-4:00 p.m., April 24.  Lunch provided.  Free event, but RSVP to requested.

UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory John and Mary Louise Riley Seminar Series presents "Life on the Rocks:  Integrative Biology of Life in the Intertidal Zone" by Dr. Kwasi Connor (UC Irvine), 4:00 p.m., April 29.  For more information, visit: or call:  707-875-2211. 

Georgetown Sustainable Oceans Alliance presents "Sustainable Oceans Summit," April 25, Washington D.C.  Learn more at: 

NESCent 2015 Evolution Film Festibal and 5th Annual Video Competition.  Deadline to submit 3-minute (or less) video that explains key concept, fun fact, compelling questions or area of evolution research:  May 31 (11:00 p.m. EST).  First place winner receives up to $1K; secong place receives $500.  For more information, email: or visit:


Great Basin Institute (Nevada) seeks summer Research Associates:  Drought Monitoring Technicians, Recreation Technician, Wild Horse/Burro Monitoring Technician, Riparian Vegetation Specialist, AIM Monitoring Technicians, Vegetation/Habitat Assessment Field Lead and Social Media Technician.  For more information, visit: (Posted 4/7)

Galileo Innovation Camps for Kids seeks summer science instructors.  Learn more at: (Posted 3/31)

SF State Campus Academic Resource Program seeks Science Tutor.  Salary:  $11.50/hour.  Must be upper division undergraduate or graduate student with a 3.0 or better GPA.  For more information, email: (Posted 3/31)

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 Lab seeks volunteer with strong background in molecular biology techniques (PCR, DNA cloning).  3 days/week, 8 hours/day, 6 months' commitment required.  For more information, email your CV to or visit: (Posted 4/21)