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 Bio Bulletin

October 28, 2014

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Congratulations to Drs. Carmen Domingo and Leticia Marquez-Magana who are part of the SF BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) team awarded $17 million by NIH to enhance workforce diversity in biomedical research.  To learn more, visit:, or 

Drs. Tom Parker and Interim San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Director Mike Vasey presented "Influence of Summer Fog and Low Cloud Cover on Chaparral Diversity in the Mediterranean-type Climate Region of the Central California Coast" and "Forward Looking Conservation of Maritime Chaparral" at MEDECOS XIII, a meeting of the International Society of Mediterranean-Climate Ecology in Chile.  Congratulations Drs. Parker and Vasey!

Dr. Tom Parker, graduate Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology major Norman Brian Peterson and alumni Bernhard Warzecha (MS Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology 2013) presented "The Role of Seed Predators in the Divergence in Seed Bank Dynamics between Arctostaphylos and Ceanothus" at MEDECOS XIII, a meeting of the International Society of Mediterranean-Climate Ecology in Chile.  Congratulations Everyone!

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)

Biology has a new Facebook page!  "Like" us at SFSU Biology Department and read about Department news and events.  (Posted 9/30)

Colloquium in Microbiology, Cell & Molecular Biology presents "Discovery of a Novel Organelle that Delivers Proteins to the Lysome" by Dr.  Barry Bowman (UCSU), 4:00-5:00 p.m., October 30, SCI 210.  To learn more about upcoming presentations, visit:  Everyone is welcomed.

Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Enviromental Science Seminar Series presents "The Johor East Coast Islands:  The Last Stronghold of Dugongs in Peninsular Malaysia" by Dr. Louisa Ponnampalam (University of Malaya) 3:30 p.m., November 5, Bay Conference Center.  To learn more about upcoming speakers and titles, visit:  Everyone is welcomed.

Visit to learn about graduate Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology major Lizette Guzman-Zaragoza's (Parker Lab) campaign to fund her project on sequencing the first manzanita genome.  (Posted until 11/19)

Visit to learn about Graduate Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology major Dena Emmerson's (Sehgal Lab) campaign to fund her project on blood parasites and bird song.  (Posted 9/30)

Interested in conducting biological field work?  Visit: (Posted 9/30)


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

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


University of Montana at Missoula offers 3-unit undergraduate Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies, December 29-January 16.  For more information, visit: (Posted 10/14)

San Francisco Bay Joint Venture (San Francisco, Richmond and Fairfax) offers 16-24 week, part-time Internship.  Travel and meals reimbursement provided.  Minimum three years of coursework toward completion of a Bachelor's degree required.  To apply, email cover letter, resume and two references to  For more information, visit: or (Posted 10/7)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity.  $4,500 stipend, housing and paid travel provided.  Application deadline:  November 3.  To apply, visit: 

DANTE offers Study Abroad course "Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation," January 1-15, Costa Rica.  For more information, visit: or email: (Posted 9/23)

University of Florida offers Undergraduate Marine Resources Population Dynamics Workshop, March 1-7.  All costs for participants covered.  Must be US citizen.  Application deadline:  November 17.  For more information, email:, call:  352-294-0886 or visit: or 

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:

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:


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program application deadline:  November 4.  $32K/year stipend provided.  Must be US citizens/residents.  For more information, visit:  ADM 211 (SF State), call:  415-405-2128, email: or visit:

Golden West Women Flyfishers offers scholarship ($1500) for graduate fisheries major.  Application deadline:  November 24.  For more information, contact Annette Thompson, 510-569-7763, email: or visit: 

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:


California Academy of Sciences' Explore, Explain and Sustain! Seminar Series presents "Webs through Space and Time:  New Insights into Spider Evolution" by Dr. Charles Griswold (California Academy of Sciences), 3:00-4:00 p.m., October 30, Boardroom.

Bay Area Science Festival 2014, October 28-November 1, celebrates science with events taking place from Santa Rosa to San Jose.  For more information, visit: 

The Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center offers free "Expanding Potential:  A Workshop Advocating for Women in STEM," 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., November 15, UC Berkeley. Registration deadline:  October 31.  For more information, visit: 


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

Uber for Seniors seeks reliable students with cars to help seniors living in San Mateo and San Francisco counties with transportation.  $22/hour.  For more information and/or to apply, visit: or email:  (Posted 10/21)

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:


UCSF/Mission Bay Campus Neurodegenerative research lab seeks volunteer to assist with basic lab duties, immunohistochemistry and histological processing in study of early vulnerability of the brainstem in Alzheimer's disease.  1 year commitment required.  Relevant coursework preferred.  For more information, email:  (Posted 10/7)