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 Bio Bulletin

February 9, 2016

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Dr. Sarah Cohen revised the tunicate section in the 3rd edition of "Invertebrates" (published by Sinauer Associations, Inc.) which also includes photographs by Dr. Cohen and graduate students Vanessa Guerra, Joseph Spaulding and Berta Colom.  Congratulations everyone!

Dr. Rori Rohlfs co-authored "Legal Equality, Gay Numbers and the (After?) Math of Eugenics" published on Scholar & Feminist Online.  Read the article at:  Congratulations Dr. Rohlfs!

Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology Colloquium presents "Redox Biology:  From Physiological Adaptation to Mechanisms of Disease" by Dr. Jose Pablo Vasquez-Medina (University of Pennsylvania), 2:10-3:00 p.m., February 9, HH 543.  Everyone is welcomed.  View the Spring seminar schedule at:

RTC's Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Environmetal Science Seminar Series presents "Exchange Processes in the Estuary-Ocean Interface" by Dr. Piero Mazzini (Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences), 3:30 p.m., February 10, Bay Conference Center.  Everyone is welcomed.  View the Spring seminar schedule at: 

Applying for Graduation this Spring?  Check out these websites (Posted until March 1):

Deadline to submit Spring 2016 graduation applications to Biology Department Office:  February 12, 4:00 p.m.

Deadline to submit approved Spring 2016 graduation applications to One Stop Center:  February 19, 5:00 p.m.

Romberg Tiburon Center in collaboration with College of Science and Engineering faculty offers NSF-funded Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates "Biological Research in Ecological and Evolutionary Developmental Biology."  $5K stipend provided.  Application deadline:  February 19.  Learn more at: or email: or 

Lecturer Heather Murdock will lead a trip to Switzerland, Italy and France (May 31-June 12) through EF College Study Tours.  Sign up by:  February 26.  For more information, visit:  To learn about  Heather's 2017 tours to Italy and Greece (May 31-June 13) email:

Undergraduate Laboratory Manager Amber Johnson will lead a trip to Italy and Greece in 2017 through Explorica.  Sign up by February 29 for discount price.  For more information, email: 

SF BUILD Student Training Program application deadline:  March 4.  2-year undergraduate program provides monthly stipend, partial tuition coverage, peer mentoring, professional development, networking opportunities and biomedical, behavioral and clinical research opportunities at SF State and UCSF.  Learn more at: or email: 


Drop, Add,Audit deadline:  February 9.

CSU Presidents' Commission Scholars request for proposals from undergraduate student/faculty teams for summer biotechnology research experiences deadline:  February 10.  For more information, visit: or email: or call:  619-594-288.

Student Enrichment Opportunities Office (SCI 200) offers undergraduate and graduate fellowships.  Application deadline:  March 18.  For more information, visit:, email: or call:  415-338-1305. 

Graduate Research & Creative Works Showcase, April 21.  Registration deadline:  April 1.  Learn more at: 


Romberg Tiburon Center/BioVision offers internships in marine and invasion ecology in San Francisco Bay. $400/week provided.  For more information, email: (type "BioVision Internship Application" in subject line).  (Posted 2/9)

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology offers summer courses.  Learn more at: (Posted 1/26)

Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory offers summer Intern Program for Undergraduates.  $5K stipend, subsidized housing and some travel reimbursement provided.  Application deadline:  February 15.  For more information, visit: or email: 

Georgetown University offers summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program in Environmental Science and Policy in the Nation Capital.  $5,250 stipend, $750 food allowance and housing provided.  Application deadline:  February 15.  For more information, visit: or email:

Universit of Texas offers summer undergraduate research program in switchgrass evolution.  $4500 stipend, housing, food allowance and some travel costs provided.  Application deadline:  February 15.  For more information, email: or visit:

University of Kentucky offers 10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates - Suburban Ecology and Invasive Species.  $5K stipend, housing and food allowance provided.  Application deadline:  February 15.  Learn more at: or email: 

STEMSEAS (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Student Experiences Aboard Ships) offers undergraduate research experience.  Application deadline:  February 19.  Must be U.S. citizen.  Travel and living expenses provided.  For more information, visit: 

Stanislaus National Forest offers summer Wilderness Ranger Internship.  $50/day worked.  Travel reimbursed up to $400 provided.  Application deadline:  February 19.  For more information, email: 

University of Virginia Mountain Lake Biological Station offers field-based undergraduate and graduate-level summer program in ecology, evolution, behavior and physiology.  $5,250 stipend, lodging, meals and travel provided.  Application deadline:  February 20.  Learn more at:

UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Training Program offers undergraduate summer clinical research program.  Tuition, books and $1500 stipend provided.  Application deadline:  February 29.  Learn more at: or email: 

UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging offers MS in Biomedical Imaging.  Application deadline:  February 29.  For more information, visit:, email: or call:  415-514-8246

San Mateo Sheriff Office Forensic Laboratory offers Latent Print Processing Technician Program internship.  16 hours/week; 1 year commitment required.  Application deadline:  February 25.  Learn more at:

University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories offers summer research internships.  Application deadline:  March 1.  For more information, visit: or email: 

National Eye Institute (Maryland) offers Diversity in Vision Research and Ophthalmology undergraduate summer program.  3.2 or higher GPA required.  Application deadline:  March 1.  For more information, visit: or email: 

University of Pittsburg Richards-Zawacki Lab offers summer research experience for undergraduates at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology.  $500/week stipend, lodging, meals and transportation provided.  Application deadline:  March 4.  For more information, email: or visit:

University of Colorado, Boulder offers NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program investigating ecological and evolutionary processes influencing the phylogenetic structure of plant communities across the U.S.  $500/week stipend, dormitory housing and transportation provided.  Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.  Application deadline:  March 4.  For more information, email: 

Pennsylvania State University offers summer internships at Frost Entomological Museum.  $550/week stipend provided.  Application deadline:  March 31.  For more information, visit: or 

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory offers graduate and undergraduate Summer Field Program.  Application deadline:  March 31.  For more information, email:, call:  228-818-8852 or visit:


Marin County Parks offers two $10K grants for graduate students and faculty conducting research within its system of open space preserves.  Application deadline:  February 15.  Learn more at: or email:

microMORPH offers $5K research internships/training grants for undergraduates.  Must be U.S. citizen.  Application deadline:  March 15.  Learn more at: 

Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley offers 'Latinos in Technology' Scholarships.  Must be entering Junior or Senior year.  Application deadine:  March 16.  Learn more at:, email: or call:  650-450-5487 

Chicana/Latina Foundation offers scholarships to continuing full-time undergraduate and graduate students of Chicana/Latina heritage.  Application deadline:  March 31.  Learn more at:

Marine Technology Society (MTS) offers undergraduate and graduate student scholarships.  Must be MTS student member.  Application deadline:  April 20.  For more information, visit: 


Genentech host for prospective interns "Campus Engagement Day" 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., February 19.  RSVP required.  Learn more at: 

Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance Pre-Health Conference, February 20.  Registration deadline:  February 12.  Learn more at: 

Pilipinos at UCSF Student Organization (PUSO) Undergraduate Recruitement Day, 8:30 a.m.-3:40 p.m., March 19, UCSF Panassus campus.  Registration deadline:  February 15.  For more information,visit: or email: or 

Berkeley Hitchcock Graduate Lecture Series presents "Contemporary Climate Change as Seen through Measurements" by Dr. Ralph Cicerone (National Academy of Sciences), 4:10 p.m., February 23, UC Berkeley Campus MLK Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom.  Free event.  For more information, visit:, email: or call:  510-643-7413.  

17th Annual Society for Conservation Biology Bay Area Symposium, May 7, Stanford University.  Abstract submission deadline:  March 25.  Registration deadline:  April 18.  Learn more at:

American Museum of Natural History Student Conference on Conservation Science--New York, October 20-22.  Abstract submission deadline:  April 18.  For more information, visit: 

American Journal of Physiology--Cell Physiology call for papers deadline:  June 30.  For more information, email:


Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program seeks Development Coordinator.  Full-time position.  Application deadline:  March 1.  BA/BS degree required.  For more information, email: or visit: 

UCSF Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research seeks Undergraduate Lab Assistant.  10-12 hours/week; flexible days/times.  To apply, email:  resume and cover letter as single pdf attachment to Dr. Diana Laird, (type "Undergraduate Lab Assistant Position" in subject line).  (Posted 2/9)

Climate Action Now seeks Education Associate.  Experience with K-12 education preferred.  Pay rate:  $20/hour for 16-20 hours/week during September-May.  Application deadline:  February 10.  For more information, email: 

Pennington Marine Science Center (Santa Catalina Island, CA) seeks Marine Science Education and Aquarist Intern.  BS/BA in Marine Biology or related fields and experience teaching science or outdoor education required.  Pay rate:  $350/week.  Lodging, meals, travel stipend and $1K scholarship provided.  Summer postion application deadline:  February 22; Fall position application deadline:  May 1.  For more information, email: or call:  310-510-1795 ext. 36

Newfound Harbor Marine Institute (Florida) seeks spring and summer marine science educators.  Recent college graduate or college senior majoring in biological sciences or related fields required.  Teaching experience and SCUBA certification preferred.  For more information, email: (Posted 1/26)

California Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aids (20 positions) MR 14-CRFS.  Salary:  $12.11/hour.  10 semester units of college-level biological or chemical science courses required.  For more information, call:  831-649-7176, email: or visit: (Posted 1/12)

Duke University's Tung Lab seeks Associate in Research/Laboratory Research Analyst for relationship between behavior, the social environment and genetics and genomics with a focus on nonhuman primate populations study.  BA/BS degree, 1-2 years laboratory research experience and familiarity with fundamentals of molecular biology required.  40 hours/week; 12-month position.  For more information, visit: or email: (Posted 1/19)

SF State Journalism Department seeks Teaching Associate for Spring semester JOUR 205, Social Impact of Journalism, course.  12 hours/week.  MA/MS and familiarity with the topic required.  For more information, email: (Posted 1/12)

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:


University of Bristol (UK) researcher seeks volunteer Field Assistant for 3-month field-based project on behavior of social wasps in Malaysia.  Accommodation and some travel provided.  For more information, email: (Posted 1/12)