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 Bio Bulletin

May 19, 2015

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Dr. Sarah Cohen co-authored "The Significance and Scope of Evolutionary Developmental Biology:  A Vision for the 21st Century" published in Evolution & Development.  Read the abstract at:  Congratulations Dr. Cohen!

Dr. Plueni Pennings co-authored "Imperfect Drug Penetration Leads to Spatial Monotherapy and Rapid Evolution of Multidrug Resistance" published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Watch a 2-minute movie about this publication at:  Congratulations Dr. Pennings!

Undergraduate Cell & Molecular Biology major Tanisha Saini was accepted into the University of California, San Diego's M.S. degree program in Clinical Research.  Congratulations Tanisha!

Biology's Personalized Medicine 8.0 "Genetic Screening & Predictive Medicine' was the focus of a BioQuick News -- Life Science News from Around the Globe article.  Read the article at:  To learn more about the May 28 conference and to register, visit:

Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL) is accepting applications for undergraduate upper-division course BIOL/SCI 652, SPIKE:  Science Partners in K-12 Education taught by Dr. Kimberly Tanner.  Course offers opportunity to co-teach science lessons with teachers in SF public schools.  Application deadline:  May 22.  Learn more at:

9th Annual Biology Department Baccalaureate and Masters Recognition Ceremony, 10:00-Noon, May 24, GYM 100.

Attention undergraduate students:  Free 2-year memberships to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) with a subscription to Science are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the Biology Department Office.  For more information, email: (include name, major and statement that you are not a current AAAS member).  Application deadline:  May 26. 


Marvin Ortanez (BS Physiology 2014) was accepted into the MS in Medical Science program at Touro University.


Cal Poly's Swanton Pacific Ranch (Davenport) offers summer environmental courses.  For more information, email: (Posted 5/19)

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies offers Fall Marine Mammal Research Internship for undergraduate or recent graduate in marine biology or related field for projects involving bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles and diamondback terrapins.  Application deadline:  June 1.  Learn more at: 

University of Wisconsin-Madison offers Biosciences Opportunities Preview Weekend for Undergraduates, October 8-11.  All expenses paid for prospective students.  Application deadline:  August 5.  Learn more at: or email: 


Marin County Parks offers $10K grants for research conducted within its system of open space preserves by graduate students or faculty.  Application deadline:  May 29.  For more information, contact Bill Kuhn at: or call:  415-473-5089.

Cramer Fish Sciences offers Steven P. Cramer Legacy Scholarships ($2K) for graduate students actively engaged in research relevant to applied fisheries science.  Application deadline:  June 15.  Learn more at: 

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: 


UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory John and Mary Louise Riley Seminar Series presents "What Boundaries are You Crossing?  Lessons from the Nexus of Science, Communities and Government in California" by Skyli McAfee (Ocean Science Trust), 4:00 p.m., May 27.  For more information, visit: or call:  707-875-2211. 

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:

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) host 4th Annual Bay Area Summer BBQ for university science majors, 1:00 p.m., June 6, Marx Meadows, Golden Gate Park.  For more information, and/or rsvp, email: 

SF Zoo Wild Places, Wild Things Conservation Lecture Series presents "Partnering with Local Communities for Conservation of the Endangered Grevy's Zebra" by Peter Lalampas (Grevy's Zebra Trust), 1:00-2:30 p.m., June 7, Osher Great Hall of the Lurie Education Center.  Recommended for ages 12 and above.  Free admision to lecture.  For more information, visit: or call:  415-753-7073. 

Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions (BAASICS) presents "BAASICS 6:  The Edge Effect," 8:00-9:30 p.m., June 14, SF State Campus Knuth Hall.  For more information, visit: or 


UC Berkeley Plant and Microbial Biology Department seeks Graduate Student Instructor for summer General Microbiology lecture class, Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-Noon, beginning on June 8.  MS/MA degree required.  Pay rate:  ~$5711 for 10-week summer session.  For more information, email: (Posted 5/19)

Diablo Valley College San Ramon Campus seeks Adjunct Instructor for "Fundamentals of Oceanography" summer lecture course beginning June 15.  For more information, email: (Posted 5/12)

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)