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 Bio Bulletin

August 26, 2014

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Graduate Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology Alexis Weinnig is conducting research at the California Academy of Sciences focused on octocorals and a conservation plan for coral reefs.  To learn more about Alexis' research and how you can provide support, visit: 

Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Enviromental Science Seminar Series presents "Juvenile Performance Variation in Marine Invertebrates:  Effects of Local Environment" by graduate Marine Biology major Benson Chow (Cohen Lab) and "Founding Fish:  Testing for Bottlenecking of Introduced Rainwater Killifish Populations" by graduate Marine Biology major Danielle Desmet (Cohen Lab), 3:30 p.m., September 3, Bay Conference Center.  To learn more about upcoming speakers and titles, visit:  Everyone is welcomed.

Colloquium in Microbiology, Cell & Molecular Biology presents "Micro and Nanoscale Tools for Medicine" by Dr. Utkan Demirci (Stanford University), 4:00-5:00 p.m., September 4, SCI 201.  Everyone is welcomed.

Biology lecturer Heather Murdock and Lab Manager Amber Johnson will lead study abroad trips with ER College Study Tours in 2015 and 2016.  Heather is leading a tour to Australia/New Zealand in June 2015 and Switzerland, Italy and France in June 2016.  Amber is leading a trip to Spain in 2015.  2015 tours are discounted by $200 for participants who enroll in August.  For more information, email Heather: or Amber: (Posted until 9/1)

Fall class open for enrollment:  BIOL 460.01 (Sched #22582) General Entomology, MW, Lecture:  9:00-10:00 a.m.; Lab:  10:10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Posted 8/12)


Jon-Thomas Lee (BS Physiology 2014) is Project Direct of UCSF's Emotion, Health and Psychophysiology Lab.

Jodi-Panday (BS Physiology 2013) is a Biology teacher at George Washington High School in San Francisco.


Information on the COSE IRA travel funding will be posted soon.  Students are advised to save receipts, travel/flight itinerary and cost and meeting acceptance.  (Posted 8/12)

Learning Assistance Center seeks Math and Science tutors for Fall 2014.  For more information, visit: (Posted 8/12)

Labor Day (no classes; offices closed):  September 1.

27th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium, January 8-10, Santa Clara.  Poster abstract submission deadline:  October 6.  For more information, visit:

Veterans Day (no classes; offices closed):  November 11.


Water Resources and Policy Initiatives offers U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Watershed Management Experiential Learing for USDA Careers Internship Program for full time students enrolled in CSU campuses.  Includes $4,500 award/intern.  Application deadline:  September 15.  For more information, visit: 


CSU Innovation Corps microgrants ($2500) available for undergraduate or graduate student teams working on research projects or ideas relevant to therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, digital health, environmental monitoring, instrumentation/bioinformatics tools, biofuels or agricultural biotechnology.  Grants can be used to attend industry meetings, fabricate prototypes and/or purchase supplies.  Application deadline:  September 8.  For more information, visit: 

California Native Plant Society (CNPS) Marin Chapter offers $250 scholarships for botany students living in or conducting native plant research in Marin County.  Scholarship covers early registration fees and travel expenses to the CNPS Conservation Conference, January 15-17, San Jose.  Application deadline:  September 15.  To apply, send cover letter and 1-page description of your interest in the conference to:  Scholarship Committee, Marin Chapter, CNPS, c/o Dr. Paul da Silva, Department of Life and Earth Sciences, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA, 94904.  For more information about the conference, visit: 

Instrumentl offers grants ($500-$5K) to women STEM researchers to complete their research projects.  For more information, email: or (Posted 8/5)


Bodega Marine Laboratory hosts Open House, 1:00-5:00 p.m., September 13.  Free event.  For more information, visit: 

California Estuarine Research Society Fall 2014 Conference, September 26-27, Bodega Marine Laboratory.

12th Annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference "Empowering the Next Generation of Health Care Professionals," October 11-12.  For more information, visit:

Bay Area Science Festival 2014, October 23-November 1, celebrates science with events taking place from Santa Rosa to San Jose.  For more information, visit: 


Washington State Department of Ecology seeks two Marine Invertebrate Taxonomists/Ecologists for Marine Sediment Monitoring Team.  Application deadline:  September 7.  For more information, visit: and Job&jobID=941767 or contact Maggie Dutch, 360-407-6021, 

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary (Tiburon,CA) seeks Education & Engagement Manager.  For more information, visit: or email: (Posted 8/12)

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:


Research Assistants needed for UCSF's Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute to work on clinical trial testing the efficacy of a Facebook cessation intervention for young adults.  16 hours/week and 1 year commitment required.  For more information, email: (Posted 8/26)

Research Interns needed to assist in a 3-month UC Riverside ecology and evolution study in Trinidad beginning November.  Travel and living expenses will be covered.  For more information, email: or (Posted 8/26)

Research Assistants needed for UCSF's Emotion, Health & Psychophysiology Lab.  10-12 hours/week; 6 month commitmnent required.  For more information, email: (Posted 8/26)

Field Assistant needed to survey populations of Anolis cristatellus in Puerto Rico, October 12-November 23.  Fluency in Spanish preferred.  Airfare from US, meals and lodging provided.  For more information, visit: or email: (Posted 8/26)