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New! Fall 2013 BioNews
December 3, 2013
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DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY NEWS AND EVENTS
The Fall 2013 issue of Biology's alumni newsletter, BioNews, is now available online (click on the click above) or as hard copies in HH 534. Read about lecturer Heather Murdock who lead a study abroad tour to Costa Rica, Dr. Laura Burrus who researches proteins that could make a difference between life and death and learn the achievements of notable alumni including Angel Ku, Drs. David Lindberg and Debra Shier.
Dr. Kathy Boyer was interviewed in a CBS News video "2-Million Oysters Settle into New Home on San Francisco Bay." To view the video, visit: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/9585313-2-million-oysters-settle-into-new-home-on-san-francisco-bay/ Congratulations Dr. Boyer!
Dr. Anne Todgham's research expedition to McMurdo Station in Antarctic was the focus of "The Gorgeous, Dangerous World below Antarctic Ice" published in Slate Magazine. Dr. Todgham is leading a team of researchers who are studying the dragonfish and emerald rock cod to learn how the combination of warming and acidity will impact these fragile fish. To read the article, visit: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/11/antarctica_marine_science_research_and_artist_program_resume_after_shutdown.html Congratulations Dr. Todgham!
A Message from Department Chair Dr. Michael Goldman: Due to heavy demand for the major, the Department of Biology has declared impaction which may affect applications for admission, transfer or change of major. For more information, visit: http://biology.sfsu.edu and click on the link under "Announcements." (Posted 11/5)
Romberg Tiburon Center's Rosenberg Institute Seminar Series presents "Life in a Fluctuating Environment: Observations of the Transcriptome of the Intertidal Mussel Mytilus californianus" by Dr. Kwasi Connor (UC Irvine), 3:30-5:00 p.m.,December 4, Bay Conference Center. View upcoming Fall seminar titles and speakers at: http://rtc.sfsu.edu/seminar/index.htm Everyone is invited.
Colloquium in Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology Seminar Series presents "What the Study of Algal Genomes Tell Us about Evolution" by Dr. Jason Huff (UC Berkeley), 4:00-5:00 p.m., December 5, SCI 210. View upcoming Fall seminar titles and speakers at: http://biology.sfsu.edu/content/MCMB Everyone is invited.
Student Thesis Defense: Characterization of S. pombe Cdc24 in both DNA Replication and Repair" by Anthony Xavier Lopez (Pasion Lab), 1:00 p.m., December 6, HH 245. Everyone is invited.
Colloquium in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Seminar series presents "How Diverse Ecological Interactions Impact the Evolution of Morphological Disparity; and the Relationship between Proliferation and the Evolution of Disparity over Space and Time" by Luke Mahler, 12:10-1:00 p.m., December 11, HH 206. View upcoming Fall seminar titles and speakers at: http://biology.sfsu.edu/content/EEC Everyone is invited.
SF State Biology SEPAL will offer NSF- and HHMI-funded Fellowships in Spring 2014. Preference will be given to students who have completed or are enrolled in 2-unit SCI 750: Science Teaching for Scientists (Sched #33633), Fridays, 1:10-3:00 p.m., HH 245. (Units count towards Biology graduate degree.) For more information, email: email@example.com (Posted 11/26)
Department of Biology presents "Personalized Medicine 7.0: The Microbiome in Health & Disease," 8:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m., May 22. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & ENGINEERING/SF STATE/CSU NEWS
New Spring course offering - EED 645: Directed Experiences with Children, 9:00 a.m.-Noon, Tuesdays. Teach life science to Bay Area elementary school students and earn 3 course units. Design engaging and hands-on lessons and explore teaching as a career option. Space is limited, so add this course early. For more information, visit: www.csmesf.org/Community/Stem-House or email: email@example.com (Posted 11/19)
Planning on a future teaching career in science? The Center for Science Mathematics Education presents Free Teacher Panel and Holiday Celebration (includes dinner), 4:00-6:00 p.m., December 6, TH 404. RSVP required at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/csme-teacher-panel-and-holiday-celebration-registration-8746056691
Instruction Ends: December 16.
ACADEMIC, RESEARCH, INTERNSHIP, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Registration open for course "Introduction to Genomic Data Analysis Using HapMap and 1000 Genomes," January 20-24 Spain. For more information, visit: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/gen/hapmap (Posted 11/26)
Raven Adventures/Global Classroom offers summer Big Cat (lions, leopards and cheetahs) Research Project safari in Kruger Park (South Africa). Cost: $3,995 includes roundtrip airfare from JFK, food, lodging and transportation in South Africa. For more information, call: 978-724-3530, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.ravenadventures.com/big-cat-project/ (Posted 11/19)
SF State Mentorship Advancement Program available for graduate students in ocean sciences or related fields who want to learn how to better communicate science to K-12 students. Stipend provided. Application deadline: December 6. For more information, visit: www.csmesf.org/students/map
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Evolutionary Biology application deadline: January 3. Scholarships available. For more information, visit: www.evobio.eu or email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
UC Santa Cruz offers 8-week undergraduate summer research program "Biological Impacts of Climate Change," June 16-August 8. Travel expenses, $500/week, weekly food stipend, and on-campus housing provided. Application deadline: January 15. For more information, visit: http://reu.eeb.ucsc.edu or email: email@example.com
STAR Program offers 9-week summer research internship for CSU students and alumni interested in teaching science and math in grades K-12. Application deadline: January 31. For more information, visit: www.starteacherresearcher.org/index.html
University of Buffalo offers 10-week "CLIMB UP" program for undergraduates interested in biomedical, STEM and health sciences research, May 27-August 2. Stipend and housing provided. Application deadline: February 1. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/CLIMBUPatUB or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amgen-UROP Scholars Program offers undergraduate summer research program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 3.2 minimum GPA and an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D. required. Travel expenses, $4,700/9 weeks, $800 meal allowance and on-campus housing provided. Application deadline: February 3. For more information, email: email@example.com; call 617-253-7306 or visit: www.amgenscholars.com
CSUPERB Presidents' Commission Scholars Program offers summer undergraduate research program for CSU student/faculty teams. Up to $2K provided for supplies, equipment, travel and students' academic and living expenses. Proposals due: February 12. For more information, visit: http://www.calstate.edu/csuperb/grants/presidents-commission/, call 619-594-2822 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Field Program in the Biological Sciences offers BIOL 399 "The Biology of Icelandic Fishes" at Holar University College, Iceland. Program cost: $2,500 (includes tuition, airfare, meals and lodging); scholarship support is available. Application deadline: April 1. For more information, email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, call: 410-548-2062 or visit: www.salisbury.edu/intled/StudyAbroad/default.asp
FUNDING: FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS
SMART Scholarship Program offers funding, employment with the Department of Defense after graduation, summer internships and health insurance for undergraduate and graduate science majors. Application deadline: December 16. For more information, visit: http://smart.asee.org
Robert & Patrica Switzer Foundation offers fellowships ($15K) for graduate students in California who demonstrate potential for leadership in the field of environmental improvement. Application deadline: January 10. For more information, email: email@example.com or call: 207-338-5654.
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Los Altos, CA) offers Resource Management Grant Program to assist in developing and disseminating information that furthers the District's mission ("to acquire and preserve a regional greenbelt of open space land in perpetuity") and advances scientific understanding of the natural world. Up to $5K/year for up to 5 years. Application deadline: January 15. For more information, call 650-691-1200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers summer ORISE Fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students to focus on public health issues related to the environment. Incudes stipend: $2,700/month for full time undergraduates; $3,300 for full time graduate students. Application deadline: January 17. For more information, email: CDCrpp@orau.org (include "CDC-NCEH-2014-0004" in the subject line) or visit: http://orise.orau.gov/cdc
2014 Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship supports summer internship at NOAA office. Application deadline: January 31. For more information, visit: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/scholarships/hollings.html
National Research Council of the National Academies offers fellowships for graduate researchers. Application deadline: February 1. For more information, visit: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/RAP/PGA_046398 or http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/rap/, email: email@example.com, tel: 202-334-2760.
Capital Fellows Programs provide fellowships and opportunities to engage in public service. Application deadline: February 10. For more information, visit: www.csus.edu/calst/programs
CSUPERB President's Commission Scholars Program offers summer undergraduate research program for CSU student/faculty teams. Up to $2K provided for supplies, equipment, travel and students' academic and living expenses. Proposals due: February 12. For more information, visit: http://www.calstate.edu/csuperb/grants/presidents-commission/, call: 619-594-2822 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENTS: SCIENTIFIC, COMMUNITY AND SF STATE STUDENT CLUBS
SF State Wildlife Society student chapter meets Tuesdays, 5:10-6:00 p.m., HH 667. Graduate and undergraduate students conducting research and/or planning a career in wildlife conservation and management are welcomed. For more information, email: email@example.com (Posted until 1/2014)
SF State Pre-Vet Society host veterinary medicine representative from University of Missouri, 5:00 p.m., December 5, TH 425. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited.
California Unified Program Agency Training Conference, February 3-6, Burlingame, invites students interested in the field of hazardous materials to attend a Free Student Day. Application deadline: December 31. For more information, visit: www.calcupa.net/Conference2014 or call: 530-876-0815, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SF State Department of Biology seeks Graduate Assistant to set up and break down Spring 2014 BIOL 240 labs. 15 hours/week. Knowledge of evolution and ecology (including plants, fungi and animals) required. For more information, email: email@example.com (Posted 12/3)
California Department of Pesticide Regulation (Position #814-403-0762-209) seeks full time Environmental Scientist (Modeling/GIS). Salary: $3077-$5882/month plus benefits; position requires some travel. Application deadline: December 7. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UC Berkeley seeks lecturers for Spring 2014 course PMB 220C, Microbial Diversity and Evolution and Summer 2014 course PMB C112 General Microbiology and PMB C112L General Microbiology Lab. Ph.D. required by date of hire. For more information, email: email@example.com (Posted 11/26)
Grassroots Campaigns seeks Assistant Canvass Directors for recruitment, staff management and administration through August 215. $24K/year, paid vacation and sick leave provided. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, call: 510-848-1754 or visit: www.grassrootscampaigns.com (Posted 11/12)
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: www.sfsu.edu/~sicc/
UCSF/SF General Hospital seeks Office Assistants for substance abuse research group. Duties include completing grant proposals, editing research documents, creating and formatting tables, charts and graphs and literature searches. Seniors and recent college graduates considering careers in research are encouraged to email cover letter (indicate weekly availability and estimate of how long of commitment you are willing to make) and resume to Anh.Nguyen@ucsf.edu For more information, visit: http://psych.ucsf.edu/research.aspx?id=5875 (Posted 12/3)
Planet Bee Foundation seeks teaching interns to work in Bay Area schools. Course credit available. For more information, email: email@example.com (Posted 11/26)
University of Neuchatel seeks Volunteer Field Assistant to student oxidative stress in relation to social status in house sparrows in Switzerland, April 1-mid July. BA/BS in Biology or related field required. Application deadline: December 9. For more information, visit: http://www2.unine.ch/ecohy