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 Bio Bulletin

November 18, 2014

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Dr. Karina Nielsen was one of 240 signatories to a letter published in Nature that argued that conservation's impact on the world is being hindered by the lack of diversity in both viewpoints and solutions.  Congratulations Dr. Nielsen!

Biology Lecturer Gloria Nusse will present "From Death to Life in Ancient Bahrain," 4:00 p.m., December 8, Bade Museum Gallery, Berkeley.  Event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit:  Congratulations Gloria!

Graduate Marine Biology major Adam Paganini's (Stillman Lab) thesis "Temperature and Acidification Variability Reduce Physiological Performance in the Intertidal Zone Porcelain Crab Petrolisthes cinctipes" was published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.  His article was selected as the "Editor's Choice" and his photo of a porcelain crab was featured on the cover.  To read the article, visit: To view the photo, visit:  Congratulations Adam!

Undergraduate Physiology major Pingdewinde Sam received a travel award to present an abstract at the 2015 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM.  Congratulations Pingdewinde!

Dr. Vance Vredenburg was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor report on a new fungus, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, that is killing salamanders and frogs in Europe.  His research was also featured in The New York Times article "Infection that Devastates Amphibians, Already in Europe, Could Spread to US."  To read the article, visit:   Congratulations Dr. Vredenburg!

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)

Learn about exciting research and program funding opportunities, faculty/student travel grants, undergraduate summer research fellowships and programs that encourage entrepreneurship for faculty and students (  Join CSUPERB Executive Director, Dr. Susan Baxter, 11:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m., November 19, HH 501.  For more information about CSUPERB, visit:  Refreshments will be served.

Rosenberg Institute Fall Public Forum presents "Extreme Life of the Sea" by Dr. Stephen Palumbi (Stanford University), 5:30-8:00 p.m., November 19, Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies.  RSVP at required.

Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Environmental Science Seminar Series presents "Genomics and Adaptation to Climate Change in Urchins and Corals" by Dr. Stephen Palumbi (Stanford University), 11:00 a.m.-Noon, November 19, Bay Conference Center.  To learn more about upcoming presentations, visit:  Everyone is welcomed.

Colloquium in Microbiology, Cell & Molecular Biology presents "Novel Modes of Cellular Communication:  From Specialized Ribosomes to Signaling Filopodia" by Dr. Maria Barna (Stanford University), 4:00-5:00 p.m., November 20, SCI 210.  To learn more about upcoming presentations, visit:  Everyone is welcomed.

Attention graduate and undergraduate students!  Did you or will you attend a conference between May 1-November 30?  Did you pay out of pocket for some or all of the expenses?  Graduate Student Council in Biology is accepting grant applications for travel and training reimbursement and for a research grant to assist with future experiments (meant only for those with extreme need).  Application deadline:  December 5.  For more information, email: 

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)


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

Department of Physics & Astronomy Fall Colloquia presents "How Should We Think about How Our Students Think?" by Dr. Edward Redish (University of Maryland), 4:00 p.m., December 8, TH 411.  


Organization for Tropical Studies offers 5-week graduate level course "Tropical Plant Systematics."  Course is in Spanish.  For more information, visit: (Posted 11/18)

CSU Channel Islands offers Environmental Science Field School, May 26-June 23.  For more information, email: (Posted 11/11)

VIDA, a club for SF State Pre-Med/Pre-Dental/Pre-Vet majors, offers 2-week (May 31-June 14) travel opportunity to Guatemala to help underprivileged communities meet their healthcare needs. For more information, contact John Yassa, email:, 415-662-8432 (Posted 11/11)

Harvard University offers Regenerative and Evolutionary Development Biology graduate program.  Application deadline:  December 1.  For more information, visit:, or email: 

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:

US Department of Homeland Security offers HS-STEM Summer Internships.  $6K stipend (undergraduates) or $7K stipend (graduates) and travel expenses provided.  Must be US citizen.  Application deadline:  December 22.  For more information, visit: 

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:

Office of Science/Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists is accepting applications for 2015 Summer Internship/Fellowship programs:  Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship and Community College Internship.  Application deadline:  January 9.  For more information, visit: or 

Amgen-UROP Scholars Program offers summer Undergraduate Research Program in Science and Biotechnology in MIT laboratories.  $4,320 stipend, travel, on-campus housing and meal allowance provided.  Application deadline:  February 2.  For more information, visit:, email:, tel:  617-253-7306.

University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute offers summer Undergraduate Research in Subtropical Marine Ecosystems.  $5K stipend, housing, travel and food provided.  Application deadline:  February 9.  For more information, visit: or email: 

SURF Program offers undergraduate student collaboration with potential mentors to define and develop projects that are carried out in a 10-week summer period. $6K awards provided.  Application deadline:  February 22.  For more information, visit:

Atlantic Veterinary College Lobster Science Centre (Canada) offers fully funded Ph.D. program in lobster health related to contaminants exposure.  Application deadline:  April 4.  For more information, contact Dr. Spencer Greewood, or call:  902-566-6002. 


CSU COAST Awards ($500-$750) available for undergraduate Marine, Coastal and Estuarine Research.  Must be CSU undergraduate student at sophomore or above standing with minimum 3.0 GPA.  Application deadline:  November 20.  For more information, email: 

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:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health and Division of Laboratory Sciences seeks undergraduate and graduate Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment.  Fellowship stipend ($2,000/month for full-time undergraduate; $3,400/month for full-time graduate student fellows) provided.  Application deadline:  January 16.  For more information, visit:  http:/ or, email:, tel:  770-488-7854 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Education Partnership Program offers Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship and Educational Partnership Program Scholarships for undergraduates majoring in oceanic and atmospheric science and related fields.  Must be US citizen with 3.0 or better GPA.  Application deadline:  January 30.  For more information, visit:,, email:, tel:  301-628-2913 

CSU President's Commission Scholars Program's Request for Proposals deadline:  February 11 (before 5:00 p.m. PST).  $8K grants available for CSU student/faculty teams for summer biotechnology-related research experiences.  For more information, visit:, email:, tel:  619-594-2822


SF State MEDLIFE last general meeting, 7:00 p.m., November 19, HH 667.  Refreshments will be provided.  Everyone is invited.  Can't make the meeting?  Receive updates by emailing: 

SF State Pre-Health Honors Society present Princeton Review informational seminar on the 2015 MCAT, 5:00 p.m., November 20, Cesar Chavez Student Center, Room T-160.  For more information, email: 

California Academy of Sciences' Explore, Explain and Sustain! Seminar Series presents "Bees in a Changing World:  How Land Surface Phenology, Bee Community Distributions, and Pollinator-Plant Interactions are Impacted by Urbanization and Agriculture" by Dr. Misha Leong (UC Berkeley), 3:00-4:00 p.m., November 20, Boardroom.

SF Zoo presents free conservation lecturer "Animal/Human Interface:  Predicting and Preventing the Risk of Zoonotic Pathogen Spillover in Central Africa and Vietnam" by Dr. Karen Saylors, 1:00 p.m., November 20, Lurie Education Center.  For more information, call:  415-753-7073.

Biology and Mathematics in the Bay Area presents "BaMBA Day," 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., November 22, UC Davis.  For more information, visit: or email: 

Asilomar Chromatin and Chromosomes Conference, December 11-14, Pacific Grove.  Visit SF State Biology office, HH 534, to waive late registration fee.  For more information, visit: 

NASA invites early career scientists/graduate students to present a 3-minute discussion on their research at the "FameLab USA:  Exploring Earth and Beyond!" December 14-15, San Francisco.  Winners from this competition will advance to the US National Final.  For more information, visit:

EPA Student Sustainability Design Competition "People, Prosperity and the Planet" offer up to $15K awards for graduate or undergraduate teams.  Application deadline:  December 16.  For more information, visit:

California Botanical Society's 25th Graduate Student Symposium is accepting abstracts.  Deadline:  December 31.  For more information, visit:


California Native Plant Society seeks Assistant Vegetation Ecologist for 4-6 months of office (Sacramento) and field work beginning December 1.  BS/BA or greater degree in biology, botany or related field required.  Salary:  $15-17/hour.  For more information, email: or visit: (Posted 11/18)

University of Louisana at Monroe Biology Program seeks Evolutionary Biologist for tenure-track Assistant Professor position.  Application deadline:  November 21.  For more information, visit:

Florida International University Department of Biological Sciences seeks Marine Ecologists for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions.  Application deadline:  November 30.  For more information, visit: or (Job Opening ID 508719)

SF State Campus Academic Resource Program (CARP) seeks upper division and graduate students to be science tutors for Spring 2015 semester.  3.0 or better GPA and available to tutor for 12 hours/week required.  Salary:  $11.50/hour.  For more informtion, visit: (Posted 11/4)

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: