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 Bio Bulletin

April 15, 2014

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Biology students are going places!

Graduate Cell & Molecular Biology major Raymund Bueno (Burrus Lab) was accepted into the Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences program at Albert Einstein University.  Congratulations Raymund!

Undergraduate Microbiology major Michelle Chu was accepted into the UCSF Summer Research Training Program.  Congratulations Michelle!

Graduate Professional Science Master-Biotechnology major Ninalynn Daquigan (L. Chen Lab) and Marine Biology major Kathryn Nuessly (Cohen Lab) are 2014 Presidential Management Fellows Program-STEM Finalists.  Congratulations Ninalynn and Kathryn!

Graduate Cell & Molecular Biology major Elvin Lauren (Sehgal Lab) was accepted into the Ph.D. in Molecular and Microbial Pathogenesis program at Washington University in St. Louis where he was awarded a Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship.  Congratulations Elvin!

Undergraduate Physiology major Eduardo Montoya was accepted into the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  Congratulations Eduardo!

Graduate Microbiology major Jackie Sicalo (Romeo Lab) was accepted into the Ph.D. in Microbiology program at Arizona State University.  Congratulations Jackie!

Graduate Cell & Molecular major Luis Soto (Riggs Lab) was accepted into the Ph.D. in Cancer Biology program at Stanford University.  Congratulations Luis!

Graduate Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology major Lisa Turk (SEPAL) was accepted into the UC Santa Cruz Science Communications Program.  Congratulations Lisa!

A message from Biology Department Chair, Dr. Michael Goldman:  Yes, YOU can major in Biology!  The Department as declared 'impaction,' limiting the number of students we can take in order to serve you better.  But, the more lower-division major requirements you take, and the better your lcass performance, the higher your priority will be for admission to the major.  Apply in November of your Sophomore year to become a major as of your Junior year.  And, we'll see you at graduation!  (Posted 4/8)

Fall Biology course offering:  BIOL 580, Limnology, 3 units, 9:30-11:30 a.m, HH 233.  Learn about the biology, chemistry and physics of freshwater lakes, ponds and streams.  For more information, email: 4/8)

Colloquium in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation presents "Phylogeography of the Most Distributed Terrestrial Carnivore on Earth, the Red Fox" by Dr. Mark Statham (UC Davis), 12:10 p.m., April 9, HH 439.  For more information, email:  Everyone is welcomed.

Romberg Tiburon Center's Rosenberg Institute Seminar Series presents "N2-Fixing Unicellular Cyanobacteria and the Origin of the Chloroplast" by Dr. Luisa Falcon (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), 3:30 p.m, April 16, Bay Conference Center.  To veiw upcoming seminar speakers and titles, visit:  www.rtc.sfsu./seminar/index.htm  Everyone is welcomed.

Cell and Molecular Biology Colloquium presents "Alternative Pre-mRNA Splicing Regulation using C. elegans as a Model" by Dr. Alan Zahler (UC Santa Cruz), 4:00 p.m., April 17, Rosa Parks Conference Room.  Student lunch with Dr. Zahler, 12:30 p.m., HH 204.  For more information, email:  Everyone is welcomed.

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: 

The Department of Biology presents the 8th Annual Baccalaureate and Masters Recognition Ceremony, 10:00 a.m.-Noon, May 25, Gym  Buffet lunch follows ceremony.  Tickets on sale at Biology Stockroom, HH 539, but hurry before they are all sold out.  $35/graduating student; $15/guest (limited to 4 guests - extra guest tickets will be sold after May 9, if available, on a first come, first served basis.) CASH only.


Center for Science and Mathematics Education offers a program for prospective math and science teachers.  Up to $1500/semester stipend, advising, opportunities to meet other prospective teachers, access to special teaching opportunities, help with your credential application provided.  For more information, visit: or Trailer P.  (Posted until 6/1)

Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase, April 24.

Last Day of Classes:  May 16.

SF State Graduate Commencement Ceremony, 1:00 p.m., May 23, Cox Stadium.  For more information, visit:

SF State Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, Noon, May 24, Cox Stadium.  For more information, visit: 


DANTA offers summer course "Primate Behavior and Conservation," Costa Rica.  For more information, visit: (Posted 4/1)

Marine Evolutionary Ecology Group (Australia) offers Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology of sessile marine invertebrates.  $25K AUD/year stipend included.  Application deadline: April 15.   For more information, email: or visit:

Golden Gate National Parks, Fort Funston and Pacifica seek Native Plant Intern.  Full-time, 1 year.  $50/day stipend with no housing or $25/day stipend with housing in Marin Headlands provided.  Start date:  June 3.  Cover letter and resume to due:  April 22.


SF State's College of Science & Engineering offers graduate student scholarships.  Application deadline:  April 17 (3:00 p.m.).  For more information, visit:

SF State's Department of Biology offers graduate and undergraduate scholarships.  Applications to Biology Scholarship Committee, Biology Department office, HH 534, due:  April 17, Noon.  For more information and to apply, visit: or

Marine Aquarium Societies of North America offer $4K scholarships for graduate and undergraduate marine science majors.  Application deadline:  June 20.  For more information, visit:


SF State's Pre-Health Honors Society host a 2015 MCAT Practice Exam offered by The Princeton Review, 9:00 a.m., April 19, Cesar Chavez rooms E & F. For more information, email: 

Society for the Study of Evolution, Society of Systematic Biologists and American Society of Naturalists Joint Annual Meeting, June 20-24, Raleigh, NC.  Application deadline for undergraduates to present posters:  April 21.  (If chosen, travel, registration, lodging and meals provided.)  For more information, visit: 

SF Zoo's Wild Places, Wild Things Lecture Series presents "Going to the Dogs:  Conservation Detection Dogs" by Dr. Megan Parker (Working Dogs for Conservation), Noon, April 19, Osher Great Hall of the Lurie Education Center.  Lecture is free and recommended for ages 12 and above.  For more information, call 415-753-7073. 

UCSF School of Pharmacy presents Pharmacy Information Day, May 31.  Registration deadline:  May 26.  For more information, visit:

California Native Plant Society's 50th Anniversary Celebration and Conservation Conference, January 13-17, San Jose.  Deadline for abstract submission:  July 10.  For more information, visit: 


SF State Biology Department seeks Solutions Prep Graduate Assistant.  20 hours/week.  3.0 GPA or better required, wet lab experience is a must.  Position begins in June, but a few days of training will happen in May.  Preference given to students that will commit to a minimum of one year.  For more information, email: (Posted 4/1)

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission seeks Fisheries Technician 1 - California Ocean Salmon Port Sampler.  Full time, temporary, $12-$14/hour.  Various locations.  For more information and to apply, visit: (Posted 4/1)

Japanese Community Youth Council seeks part-time Science and Math Teachers for High School Students, June 9-July 18, SF State University.  $25-$30/hour.  Applicants with two years minimum teaching experience preferred.  Application deadline:  April 11.  For more information, email: 

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Department of Invertebrate Zoology (Washington D.C.) seeks six full-time GS-5 contractors to catalog hyperiid amphipods.  For more information, email: or (Posted 3/25)

Kaiser Permanente seeks Interns for Patient Satisfaction Research Department.  Juniors, Seniors and recent graduates are encouraged to apply.  Flexible hours.  Apply online at: (Jop Requisition ID Number:  236686)  For more information, email: (Posted 3/11)

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 Lab seeks volunteer with strong background in molecular biology techniques (PCR, DNA cloning).  3 days/week, 8 hours/day, 6 month's commitment required.  For more information, email your CV to or visit: (Posted 4/15)

Making Waves Education Program, San Francisco, seeks volunteer science/math tutors, April-July.  Volunteers are asked to commit 1 day/week, Monday-Thursday, 4:00-7:00 p.m.  For more information, email: or visit: (Posted 4/8)

Research Station Petite Camargue Alsacienne, University of Basel (Switzerland) seeks Field Assistants in Butterfly Evolutionary Ecology, June-August.  Lodging and 500 Euros to cover food expenses provided.  For more information, email: (Posted 4/8)

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Department of Invertebrate Zoology (Washington D.C.) seeks Volunteer Interns for: