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 Bio Bulletin

September 29, 2015

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Dr. John Hafernik will receive a Distinguished Service Award from the California Academy of Sciences.  Congratulations Dr. Hafernik!

Lecturer Emeritus Jim Steele was interviewed for a Heartlander article "President Pushes for Faster Climate Action on Alaskan Tour."  Read the article at:

Notes from Biology Department Chair, Dr. Mike Goldman:

  • Prerequisite courses with a grade of C-minus or better is a strictly enforced Department of Biology policy.  Prerequisites cannot be taken concurrently.
  • Undergraduates cannot enroll in graduate-level courses unless they have a minimum GPA of 3.25, and have completed lower-division major requirements.
  • The Department enforces the strictest standards of academic honesty at all levels of the currculum.  For more information, visit:
  • Students are responsible for knowing University and Department deadlines, for reviewing the Department website ( and the weekly Bio Bulletin (  (Posted 9/1) 

Applying for Graduation this Fall?  Check these websites:

Have you taken CHEM 233, Organic Chemistry I, yet?  Note that the prerequisite for CHEM 233 will change in Fall 2016 to:  CHEM 115 and CHEM 215 -- each with a grade of C or better.  If you plan on enrolling in CHEM 233 next Fall make sure you complete both CHEM 115 and CHEM 215 before Fall 2016.  (Posted until December 15)

RTC Seminar series presents "Sampling Uncharted Waters:  Examining Longfin Smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys) Spawning Habitat in the Upper San Franciso Estuary through Early Life History Investigations" by Dr. Lenny Grimaldo (ICF International), 3:30, September 30, Bay Conference Center. View upcoming titles/speakers at:  Everyone is welcomed.

Colloquium in Microbiology, Cell & Molecular Biology presents "Xenopus Genomes and 'Omics" by Dr. Richard Harland, 4:00 p.m., October 1, SCI 210.  View upcoming titles/speakers at:  Everyone is welcomed.

Graduate Student Council in Biology (GSCB) seeks creative/artistic biologist to design new GSCB logo.  Logo much include "The Graduate Student Council in Biology" or "GSCB."  Winner will receive Biology Department t-shirt and $25 gift card to an on-campus location of their choice.  Entry deadline to  October 1.  Learn more about GSCB at: 

Romberg Tiburon Center hosts a COAST Lunch with Beth Pardieck, 12:30-1:30 p.m., October, Conference Room, B36.  Open to undergraduate/graduate students working on marine, coastal or coastal watershed research.  Learn about graduate student research award program, student travel and summer internships.  Free event, but RSVP by October 6 to required.


Georgia Tech offers Ph.D. in Quantitative Biosciences.  Learn more at: (Posted 9/29)

University of Toulouse (France) offers graduate student internship focused on adaptive evolution, phenotypic plasticity and epigenetic of aphids, January 1-April 1.  Stipend provided.  For more information, visit: (Posted 9/22)

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine offers VMD-PhD program.  For more information, visit: (Posted 9/22)

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Bocas del Toro Research Station offers short-courses in Taxonomy and Ecology of Caribbean Sponges and Sea Anemones.  For more information, visit: (Posted 9/22)

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases offers Intramural NIAID Research Opportunites Program, February 1-4, Bethesda, MD.  Application deadline:  October 15.  For more information, visit: or

University of Bergen/SARS International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology offers Ph.D. in Evolutionary Developmental Biology for Evolution of Nutrient Homeostasis and Reproduction in Animals project.  Application deadline:  October 16.  For more information, email: or visit:

American Elasmobranch Society offers professional development training for underrepresented undergraduate and graduate science students and/or students performing research in a developing nation.  Application deadline:  November 16.  Learn more at: 

National Cancer Institute presents "Introduction to Cancer Research Careers."  Internship application deadline:  November 18.  Learn more at: or email: 

DANTA offers courses in tropical biology and conservation.  For more information, visit: (Posted 9/22)

Eko Tracks offers Veterinary Field Study and Wildlife Conservation study abroad programs, Biosphere and Carnivore Conservation Internships and Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer opportunities in South Africa.  For more information, visit: (Posted 9/15)

FUNDING:  FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS is a crowdfunding platform for scientific research designed to gather public funding for $3-$5K grants/awards for research projects.  For more information, visit: or email: (Posted 9/15)

2015 Howell-CSUPERB Research Scholar Award Program available for undergraduate researchers in the field of women's health.  Application deadline:  October 7.  For more information, visit:

CSUPERB Student Travel Grant Program supports CSU student travel to biotechnology-related professional meetings/workshops or to collect biotechnology-related data at shared instrumentation facilities.  Proposal deadline:  October 12 (5:00 p.m.).  For more information, visit: 

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships (up to $90K) for New Americans available for immigrants and children of immigrants' graduate education.  Application deadline:  December 1.  Learn more at: 


UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory John & Mary Louise Riley Seminar Series presents "An Early Window for Origins of Feeding Larval Forms and Their Later Persistence and Losses in a Changing World" by Richard Strathmann, 4:00 p.m., September 30, Bodega Marine Laboratory Lecture Hall.  For more information, call:  707-875-2211 or visit:

San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve presents "Community Conversation:  Preparing for Sea Level Rise in Marin County," 5:30-8:30 p.m., October 8, Mill Valley Community Center.  Free event.  Learn more at:

Biology and Mathematics in the Bay Area Day, October 17, San Jose State University.  Free event.  Registration deadline:  October 9.  Learn more at:

UC Davis Pre-Health Student Alliance presents 13th Annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference "Dedication, Compassion, Innovation:  Changing the Future of Health Care & Research," October 10-11.  Registration deadline:  October 9.  Learn more at: 

SACNAS National Conference presents "The Diversity in STEM Conference," October 29-31, Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit: 


UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery seeks Lab Manager.  BA/BS in science or engineering and experience with general lab practices and equipment required.  For more information, email: (Posted 9/29)

Joint Genome Institute (Walnut Creek) seeks two Student Assistants to work 20-40 hours/week.  For more information, visit: or email: (Posted 9/29)

Job Fair and Hiring Event, 3:00-8:00 p.m., October 20, Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose.  For more information, contact Lacey Barnett, 360-685-5551, email: or visit: 

Richardson Bay Audubon Center &n Sanctuary seeks seasonal Restoration Field Technician.  BS/BA in Biology or related field required.  For more information, visit: (Posted 9/22)

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:


Global Student Embassy seeks volunteers for environmental action projects in Nicaragua, January 15-16.  For more information, email: or visit: (Posted 9/22)

Peer Health Exchange seeks volunteers to teach health workshops to 9th graders in the Bay Area.  For more information, visit: (Posted 9/8)

Growth International Volunteer Excursions (GIVE) seeks student volunteers to work on sustainable development projects in Africa, Nicaragua, Thailand and Laos.  For more information, email: or visit: (Posted 9/1)