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 Bio Bulletin

November 24, 2015

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Congratulations to the following College of Science & Engineering scholarship recipients:  Melissa Adams, Rebecca Blandino, Christopher Condry, Cara Gallagher, Stephanie Hees, David Cruz Hernandez, Kyaw Naing, Stefanie Saffouri, Alexander Valencia and Crystal Weaver.

Drs. Blake Riggs and Leticia Marquez-Magana co-authored "Near-Peer STEM Mentoring Offers Unexpected Benefits for Mentors from Traditionally Underrepresented Backgrounds, PURM 4.1" published in PURM (Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring).  Read the article at:  Congratulations Drs. Riggs and Marquez-Magana!

Graduate Cell & Molecular Biology major Rebecca Blandino (Domingo Lab) won a presentation award for her poster "Overexpression of miR-206 Disrupts Early Muscle Formation in the Vertebrate Embryo, Xenopus laevis" presented at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.  Congratulations Rebecca!

Dr. William Cochlan was interviewed for a CBS KPIX news story "California Lifts Fishing Ban on Certain Shellfish after Fewer Toxins Found."  Watch the video at:  Congratulations Dr. Cochlan!

Graduate Microbiology major Raymond Lopez (J. Chen Lab) presented his poster "A Conserved Protease in the Alpha-Proteobacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti Regulates Expression of Genes Critical for Symbiosis with Leguminous Plants" at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.  Congratulations Raymond!

Undergraduate Marine Biology major Rachel Weinberg received a COAST award for "Didemnum vexillum Fusion Genetics."  Congratulations Rachel!

Dr. Andy Zink co-authored "Evolution of Conspecific Brood Parasitism versus Cooperative Breeding as Alternative Reproductive Tactics" published in The American Naturalist.  Read the abstract at:  Congratulations Dr. Zink!

Student Thesis Defense:  "Effects of Ocean Acidification and Warming on Growth of Juvenile Porcelain Crabs" by Carley Turner (Stillman Lab), 1:00 p.m., November 30, RTC/Bay Conference Center.  Everyone is welcomed.

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 talks by four graduate students "The Effects of Ocean Acidification on Growth, Photosynthesis and Domoic Acid Production by the Toxigenic Diatom, Pseudo-nitzchia australis" by Charles Wingert (Cochlan Lab) and "Physiological Effects of Salinity and Temperature Increases in the San Francisco Estuary on Phyllaplysia taylori" by Lindsay Faye (Stillman Lab),  3:30 p.m., December 2, Bay Conference Center.  View upcoming titles/speakers at:  Everyone is welcomed.

Colloquium in Microbiology, Cell & Molecular Biology presents "Candida albicans Biofilms:  Why are They Important and How are They Regulated?" by Dr. Clarissa Nobile (UC Merced), 4:00 p.m., December 3, SCI 201.  View upcoming titles/speakers at:  Everyone is welcomed.

Student Thesis Defense:  "Examining Genetic Diversity and Fusion Abilities of an Invasive Colonial Ascidian" by Darragh Clancy (Cohen Lab), 10:00 a.m., December 7, RTC/Bay Conference Center.  Everyone is welcomed.

Student Thesis Defense:  "Invertebrate Responses to Eelgrass and Oyster Restoration in a San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines Project" by Cassie Pinnell (Boyer Lab), 3:00 p.m., December 11, RTC/Bay Conference Center.  Everyone is welcomed.


Fall Recess (no classes):  November 23-28.

Last day of Fall semester classes:  December 11.

Winter Break (campus closed):  December 25-January 1.


Department of Homeland Security offers 10-week graduate and undergraduate summer internship program.  Stipend and travel provided.  Application deadline:  December 16.  Learn more at: 

Harvard Medical School offers ten-week paid undergraduate Summer Clinical and Translation Research Program.  Housing provided; some transportation cost reimbursed.  Application deadline:  December 18.  For more information, call:  617-432-1892, email: or visit:

Northwestern University offers Earth and Planetary Sciences graduate program.  $29K/year stipend provided.  Application deadline:  December 31.  Learn more at: 

Central African Biodiversity Alliance offers 3-week undergraduate field course in tropical biology and conservation, July 18-August 8, Gamba, Gabon.  Application deadline:  January 3.  Learn more at:

UCSF offers Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program.  BA/BS and minimum 3.0 gpa required.  Application deadline:  January 31.  For more information, visit:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Amgen Scholars Program offers Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.  Stipen, lodging, meals and travel provided.  Application deadline:  February 1.  Learn more at: 

University of Kentucky offers 10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates - Suburban Ecology and Invasive Species.  $5K stipend, housing and food allowance provided.  Application deadline:  February 15.  Learn more at: or email: 

UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging offers MS in Biomedical Imaging.  Application deadline:  February 29.  For more information, visit:, email: or call:  415-514-8246

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory offers graduate and undergraduate Summer Field Program.  Application deadline:  March 31.  For more information, email:, call:  228-818-8852 or visit:

DANTA offers courses in tropical biology and conservation.  For more information, visit: (Posted 11/2)


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship available for graduate students majoring in marine biology and related fields.  Must be a U.S. citizen.  Application deadline:  December 10.  For more information, visit: 

STEM Teacher Researcher Program offers paid ($500/week) 9-week Fellowships for aspiring K-12 science teachers.  Application deadline:  January 15.  Learn more at:


Council on Undergraduate Research Biennial Conference "Advancing Undergraduate Research:  Collaboration and Innovation in a Global Society," June 26-28, Tampa, FL.  Abstract submission deadline:  December 1.  Learn more at: 

California Academy of Sciences' Explore, Explain and Sustain Seminar Series:  Celebrating Women in Science presents "Enceladus, Saturn's Geysering Moon:  An Abode of Life?" by Dr. Carolyn Porco (UC Berkeley), 3:00-4:00 p.m., December 3, Boardroom.  View upcoming speakers and titles at:

SF Zoo Wild Places, Wild Things! Conservation Lecture Series presents "Specialized Rhino Protection, South Africa" by Mike Veale (San Diego Zoo Safari Park), 1:00-2:30 p.m., December 9, Osher Great Hall of the Lurie Education Center.  Recommended for ages 12 and above.  Free admission to lecture.  For more information, call:  415-753-7073.

Society for In Vitro Biology presents "2016 World Congress on In Vitro Biology," June 11-15, San Diego, CA.  Early Bird registration deadline:  January 15.  Learn more at: 


Stanford University Department of Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics seeks undergraduate or graduate Research Assistant for Cerebellar Circuitry in Development, Learning and Clinical Conditions Summary.  Part-time position ending June 30.  For more information, email: (Posted 11/24)

UC Davis seeks Aquarium Facility Technician with experience in large-scale clownfish rearing.  Position based in French Polynesia, Moorea.  For more information, email: (Posted 11/10)

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:


CPMC Research Institute and Breast Cancer Over Time seeks women ages 18-40 to participate in study of impact of reduced chemical exposure on the human breast.  For more information, email: or call:  415-608-8845.  (Posted 11/24)