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 Bio Bulletin

March 24, 2015

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Undergraduate microbiology major Bridget Hansen is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program award recipient.  Congratulations Bridget!

Graduate Physiology major Jessica Kwan (Swei Lab) won the SF State-level of the CSU Research Competition in the area of Biological and Agricultural Sciences for her presentation "Comparison of Ixodes pacificus Tick Life Stages and Their Microbiome Diversity in Relation to Borrelia burgodorferi Infection."  Congratulations Jessica!

Undergraduate Cell & Molecular Biology major Torey Jacques (Riggs Lab) won the SF State-level of the CSU Research Competition in the area of Biological and Agriculture Sciences for his presentation "Epothilone B and Paclitaxel Display a Synthetic Lethal Interaction with SAC Comprised Cells in the Drosophila melanogaster Compound Eye."  Congratulations Torey!

The Biology Department seeks student volunteers for SF State's Sneak Preview Day (an Open House event for prospective SF State freshmen and their families) scheduled for April 4.  Volunteers are needed for 1-2 hour shifts at the Biology Department Information Table (9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.), HH 245 and for open lab activities (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.).  If you are working on a research project, please consider sharing your research with visitors.  For more information and/or to volunteer, email: (Posted until 3/31)

Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Environmental Science Seminar Series presents graduate student research: "Patterns in Habitat Use by Harbor Porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) in Central San Francisco Bay" by Laura Duffy (Hines Lab), "A Cryptic infestation of Concern:  A Blood-Sucking Ectoparasitic Snail, Evaleo tenuisculpta, Infests California's Wild and Aquacultured Abalone" by Athena Maguire (Nielsen Lab) and "Understanding Microalgal Species Composition and Contributions in Antarctic Glacial Melt Water Through rbcl High Throughput Sequencing" by Kathryn Barretto (Carpenter Lab), 4:30 p.m., April 1, Bay Conference Center.  To learn more about upcoming seminar presentations, visit: 

Colloquium in Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology presents "Cell Organization in C. elegans" by Dr. Dan Starr (UC Davis), 4:00-5:00 p.m., April 2, SCI 210.  To learn more about upcoming seminar presentations, visit:

Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology Colloquium presents "The Consequences of Public Information for the Organization of Permanent Mixed-Species Flocks" by Dr. Ari Martinez (SF State), 2:00-3:00 p.m., April 7, HH 543.  To learn more about upcoming seminar presentations, visit:

Lecturer Gloria Nusse's exhibit "From Death to Life in Ancient Bahrain" open until May 8, CSU Sacramento's Anthropology Museum.  For more information, visit:  

RTC Rosenberg Institute Public Forum presents "Deep-Ocean Industrialization and Biodiversity Challenges in the 21st Century" by Lisa Levin (Scripps Institute of Oceanography), 6:30 p.m., April 15.  Event is free, but registration by March 31 at: required.

RTC Rosenberg Institute presents "Discovery Day:  Marine Science in Action," 1:00-5:00 p.m., April 25.


Candace Low (MA Conservation Biology 2001) earned a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology from UC Santa Barbara.  She was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, and is now a SF State Lecturer teaching Biometry, Animal Diversity and Entomology.

Pedro Morgado (MS Conservation Biology 2008) earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at UC Irvine and is a Postdoc at Stanford.

Jeff Rutter (MS Ecology & Systematic Biology 2010) is a Ph.D. candidate in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management at the University of Washington.

Lisa Turk (MS Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology 2014) authored "Salinas Field Workers' Son Now Studies Plant Disease" published in The California.  Read the article at: 


Spring Break (no classes):  March 23-28.

Cesar Chavez Day (campus closed):  March 31.

SF State Sneak Preview Day:  April 4.

Moss Landing Marine Lab Open House, 9:00-5:00 p.m., April 11-12.  Free event.  Learn more at: 

CSU I-Corps Student Challenge deadline:  April 15.  Student teams must include students from both science/engineering and business programs and a biotech industry mentor.  Learn more at: or email: 

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)

Kaiser Permanente seeks student intern for Patient Satisfaction Research Department.  Flexible work hours.  To apply, visit: (Job Requisition ID #33476).  For more information, email: (Posted 3/10)

Ecosystem Field Studies offers summer courses in the Caribbean and Colorado.  Learn more at: (Posted 3/10)

Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum offers summer courses.  Learn more at: or email: (Posted 3/3)

University of Michigan Biological Station offers summer courses.  Learn more at: or email: (Posted 3/3)

University of Ohio, Toledo Lake Erie Center offers undergraduate research internship.  $5K stipend, dormitory style housing, travel & research expenses provided.  Application deadline:  March 27.  Learn more at: 

SF Botanical Garden offers summer Internship.  Application deadline:  April 3.  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. 

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: 


Marin Chapter of California Native Plant Society undergraduate ($500) and graduate ($1500) scholarship application deadline:  April 1.  Learn more at: 

University of Michigan Biological Station offers Project CLEAR Fund Fellowship for graduate or undergraduate student to conduct research on freshwater ecosystems.  Lodging, meals and research supplies provided.  Application deadline:  April 3.  For more information, email: 

SF State ARCS and Maxwell scholarships application deadline:  April 15.  To learn more email: (include student ID number) or visit:


SF State Wildlife Society offers opportunities to present research, and for pre-professional support, networking and training.  Open to graduate and undergraduates.  For more information, email: (Posted 3/3)

SF State Pre-Med/Pre-Dental/Pre-Vet student club, VIDA, offers 2-week summer travel opportunity to Guatemala to help underprivileged communities meet healthcare needs.  For more information, email:  John Yassa, or call 415-662-8432.  (Posted until March 31)

SF Zoo Conservation Lecture Series presents "Wild Again:  13 Orphaned Mandrills' Journey Back into the Wild," by Miles Woodruff (Mandrill Reintroduction Program), 1:00 p.m., April 8, Osher Great Hall of the Lurie Education Center.  Lecture is free and recommended for ages 12 and above.  For more information, call:  415-753-7073.  

Berkeley Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology presents the 16th Bay Area Conservation Biology Symposium "Bridging Boundaries for Effective Conservation," May 2.  Early registration deadline:  April 18.  For more information, visit: 

California Academy of Sciences' Explore, Explain and Sustain! Spring Lecture series presents "Planetariums as 21st Century Digital Dioramas" by Dr. Ryan Wyatt (California Academy of Sciences), 3:00-4:00 p.m., March 26, Boardroom.

UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory John and Mary Louise Riley Seminar Series presents "Patterns and Variability in Zooplankton Communities off Northern California:  a Tale of Climate, Currents and Copepods" by Dr. Eric Bjorkstedt (Humboldt State University), 4:00 p.m., April 1.  For more information, visit: or call:  707-875-2211.

AAAS Pacfici Division 96th Annual Meeting, June 14-17, San Francisco State University.  Abstract and poster submission deadline:  April 1.  For more information, visit:

American Museum of Natural History's 6th Annual Student Conference on Conservation Science, October 7-9, New York.  Speaker and poster proposal application deadline:  April 4.  Learn more at: 

Friends of the Jepson Herbarium present "California Plant Phylogeny Working Group Workshop," April 24-April 26, McLaughlin Natural Reserve.  Free event.  Registration deadline:  April 14. For more information, email: 

SF Zoo presents "Learn about Your Happy Brain Chemicals on a Walk through SF Zoo," by Dr. Loretta Breuning, April 19.  Free event.  For more information, email:

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:


U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation (Fresno) seeks Natural Resources Specialist.  Application deadline:  April 1.  Learn more at: or email: 

The Princeton Review seeks instructors for MCAT preparation course 10-lecture biology review component.  Open to both undergraduate and graduate studens.  For more information, email: or visit: (Posted 3/17)

California Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid RPA#MR 13-CRFS.  Minimum two years of college with 10 units in biological sciences or relatd fields or 1 year experience surveying, studying or evaluting fish and/or wildlife populations.  Base salary:  $11.81/hour.  For more information, contact Scot Lucas, 650-631-6759, or visit: or (Posted 3/10)

UCSF Institute for Human Genetics seeks Junior Specialist for research on how genetics and epigenetics influence cellular function in health and disease.  Full-time position.  Experience with molecular techniques required.  For more information, email: (Posted 3/10)

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 techniques (PCR, DNA cloning), 3 days/week; 8 hours/day, 6 month commitment required.  For more information, email your resume/CV to: or visit: (Posted 3/10)

University of Maryland Ph.D. candidate seeks field assistant for plant insect interactions in eastern USA, June-September.  For more information, email: (Posted 3/3)

University of Melbourne Ph.D. candidate seeks volunteer field assistants for 3-6 months monitoring fairy-wrens in Cairns, Australia.  Lodging provided some food and travel reimbursement.  Application deadline:  April 9.  For more information, email: 

Marine Aquarium Societies of North America seeks volunteer for various projects.  Application deadline:  April 10.  Learn more at:

SF State Peer Educators Advocating Campus Health (PEACH) seeks volunteer sexual health peer health educators for Student Health Center.  Learn more at: or email: (Posted until 4/10)