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 Bio Bulletin

November 25, 2014

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Graduate Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology major Carrie Craig (Cohen Lab), Drs. Wim Kimmerer and Sarah Cohen's previously published article "A DNA-Based Method for Investigating Feeding by Copepod Nauplii" was the lead molecular paper in a new virtual special issue of the Journal of Plankton Research.  To read the article, visit:  Congratulations everyone!

Dr. Karen Crow co-authored "HoxA and HoxD Expression in a Variety of Vertebrate Body Plan Features Reveals an Ancient Origin for the Distal Hox Program" published in EvoDevo.  To learn more about Dr. Crow's research visit: or  Congratulations Dr. Crow!

Graduate PSM-Biotechnology major Joseph Guillory (L. Chen Lab) co-authored "Spectrum of Diverse Genomic Alterations Define Non-Clear Cell Renal Carcinoma Subtypes" published in Nature Genetics.  To learn more, visit: Congratulations Joseph!

Drs. Jonathon Stillman and Nathan Miller and graduate Marine Biology major Adam Paganini's (Stillman Lab) research on the effect of warmer temperatures on porcelain crabs was featured in The New York Times article "Warmer Waters Could Scuttle Activity of Crabs."  To learn more, visit: or  Congratulations everyone!

Dr. Vance Vredenburg was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News article "Oakland Zoo Joins Mission to Raise and Save Endangered Frog."  To read the article, visit:  Congratulations Dr. Vredenburg!

Graduate PSM majors Chris Biondi, Jillian Harris, Magda Holda, Michael Kawcynski, Jackson Leong and Xue 'Cher' Yang are participating as Project Managers for the BayBio Fall 2014 FAST Program.  Congratulations everyone!

To read the Fall issue of Romberg Tiburon Center's magazine "Bayside" visit: (Posted 11/25)

Graduate Student Council in Biology has a new Facebook page!  "Like" the group at SFSU GSCB, and stay up to date with biology graduate student events.  (Posted 10/28)

Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Environmental Science Seminar Series presents "Partnership for Paradise:  Science, Education and Conservation in the Philippines" by Drs. Meg Burke and Terry Gosliner (California Academy of Science) and Dr. Sarah Cohen (RTC), 11:00 a.m.-Noon, December 3, Bay Conference Center.  To learn more about upcoming presentations, visit:  Everyone is welcomed.

Colloquium in Microbiology, Cell & Molecular Biology presents "Not Your Televised C.S.I." by Dr. Isha Seales (Department of Justice), 4:00-5:00 p.m., December 4, SCI 210.  To learn more about upcoming presentations, visit:  Everyone is welcomed.

Attention graduate and undergraduate students!  Did you or will you attend a conference between May 1-November 30?  Did you pay out of pocket for some or all of the expenses?  Graduate Student Council in Biology is accepting grant applications for travel and training reimbursement and for a research grant to assist with future experiments (meant only for those with extreme need).  Application deadline:  December 5.  For more information, email: 


Fall Recess (no classes):  November 24-28.

Department of Physics & Astronomy Fall Colloquia presents "How Should We Think about How Our Students Think?" by Dr. Edward Redish (University of Maryland), 4:00 p.m., December 8, TH 411.  


University of Wisconsin, Madison offers Summer Research Opportunities Program for Undergraduates.  For more information, visit: (Posted 11/25)

For information on paid summer undergraduate research programs, visit: (Posted 11/25) 

DANTA offers field courses in tropical biology and conservation.  For more information, visit: (Posted 11/25)

Organization for Tropical Studies offers 5-week graduate level course "Tropical Plant Systematics."  Course is in Spanish.  For more information, visit: (Posted 11/18)

CSU Channel Islands offers Environmental Science Field School, May 26-June 23.  For more information, email: (Posted 11/11)

VIDA, a club for SF State Pre-Med/Pre-Dental/Pre-Vet majors, offers 2-week (May 31-June 14) travel opportunity to Guatemala to help underprivileged communities meet their healthcare needs. For more information, contact John Yassa, email:, 415-662-8432 (Posted 11/11)

Harvard University offers Regenerative and Evolutionary Development Biology graduate program.  Application deadline:  December 1.  For more information, visit:, or email: 

UC Berkeley School of Public Health invites graduate-level health profession, environmental science and microbiology majors to apply for 11-month Interdisciplinary MPH Program.  Application deadline:  December 1.  For more information, visit: or email:

US Department of Homeland Security offers HS-STEM Summer Internships.  $6K stipend (undergraduates) or $7K stipend (graduates) and travel expenses provided.  Must be US citizen.  Application deadline:  December 22.  For more information, visit: 

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship offers 10-week summer Internship Program designed for students pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees.  3.0 or higher gpa required.  Application deadline:  January 2.  For more information, visit: or email:

Office of Science/Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists is accepting applications for 2015 Summer Internship/Fellowship programs:  Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship and Community College Internship.  Application deadline:  January 9.  For more information, visit: or 

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute offers summer undergraduate, graduate and educators internship program.  $500/week stipend provided.  Application deadline:  January 13.  For more information, visit:

Amgen-UROP Scholars Program offers summer Undergraduate Research Program in Science and Biotechnology in MIT laboratories.  $4,320 stipend, travel, on-campus housing and meal allowance provided.  Application deadline:  February 2.  For more information, visit:, email:, tel:  617-253-7306.

University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute offers summer Undergraduate Research in Subtropical Marine Ecosystems.  $5K stipend, housing, travel and food provided.  Application deadline:  February 9.  For more information, visit: or email: 

SURF Program offers undergraduate student collaboration with potential mentors to define and develop projects that are carried out in a 10-week summer period. $6K awards provided.  Application deadline:  February 22.  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. 


For information on financial support in graduate school, visit: (Posted 11/25)

For information on NASA-supported internships, fellowships and scholarships, visit: (Posted 11/25)

UNCF Merck Science Initiative Science undergraduate and graduate student Scholarships and Fellowships application deadline:  December 2.  For more information, visit:, email: or call:  202-810-0331. 

Department of Defense undergraduate/graduate scholarships for science majors application deadline:  December 15.  Must be US citizen.  For more information, visit:

Switzer Environmental Fellowships ($15K) for graduate students committed to leadership in environmental fields application deadline:  January 9.  For more information, visit:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health and Division of Laboratory Sciences seeks undergraduate and graduate Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment.  Fellowship stipend ($2,000/month for full-time undergraduate; $3,400/month for full-time graduate student fellows) provided.  Application deadline:  January 16.  For more information, visit:  http:/ or, email:, tel:  770-488-7854 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Education Partnership Program offers Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship and Educational Partnership Program Scholarships for undergraduates majoring in oceanic and atmospheric science and related fields.  Must be US citizen with 3.0 or better GPA.  Application deadline:  January 30.  For more information, visit:,, email:, tel:  301-628-2913 

CSU President's Commission Scholars Program's Request for Proposals deadline:  February 11 (before 5:00 p.m. PST).  $8K grants available for CSU student/faculty teams for summer biotechnology-related research experiences.  For more information, visit:, email:, tel:  619-594-2822


California Academy of Sciences' Explore, Explain and Sustain! Seminar Series presents "Biodiversity and Water Relations in Tall Trees" by Drs. Rikke Reese Naesborg and Cameron Williams (UC Berkeley), 3:00-4:00 p.m., December 4, Boardroom.

Asilomar Chromatin and Chromosomes Conference, December 11-14, Pacific Grove.  Visit SF State Biology office, HH 534, to waive late registration fee.  For more information, visit: 

NASA invites early career scientists/graduate students to present a 3-minute discussion on their research at the "FameLab USA:  Exploring Earth and Beyond!" December 14-15, San Francisco.  Winners from this competition will advance to the US National Final.  For more information, visit:

EPA Student Sustainability Design Competition "People, Prosperity and the Planet" offer up to $15K awards for graduate or undergraduate teams.  Application deadline:  December 16.  For more information, visit:

California Botanical Society's 25th Graduate Student Symposium is accepting abstracts.  Deadline:  December 31.  For more information, visit:


Infrastructure Engineering Corporation (Fremont) seeks Environmental (CEQA/NEPA/Permitting) Specialist.  BA/BS degree in relevant field and 2-8 years' experience required.  For more information, email: (Posted 11/25)

California Native Plant Society seeks Assistant Vegetation Ecologist for 4-6 months of office (Sacramento) and field work beginning December 1.  BS/BA or greater degree in biology, botany or related field required.  Salary:  $15-17/hour.  For more information, email: or visit: (Posted 11/18)

Florida International University Department of Biological Sciences seeks Marine Ecologists for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions.  Application deadline:  November 30.  For more information, visit: or (Job Opening ID 508719)

SF State Campus Academic Resource Program (CARP) seeks upper division and graduate students to be science tutors for Spring 2015 semester.  3.0 or better GPA and available to tutor for 12 hours/week required.  Salary:  $11.50/hour.  For more informtion, visit: (Posted 11/4)

Looking for entry-level full-time positions in the biotech industry?  Visit: or email: (Posted 10/28)

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:


Wageningen University seeks field assistant to study the maintenance of phenotypic variation in great tits in the Netherlands, April-June.  BS/BA degree or higher required.  Travel and lodging may be provided.  Application deadline:  January 30.  For more information, email: or or visit: