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 Bio Bulletin

May 3, 2016

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Graduate Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology major Anastasia Ennis (Cohen Lab) received a CSU COAST Travel Award to attend the Mammalogy Society meeting where she will present her work on immune system variation in SF Bay endangered mice.  Congratulations Anastasia!

Undergraduate Ecology major Ryan Fergusson received a travel award to attend the Society for the Study of Evolution meeting where he will present research delineating the the diversity of botryllid ascidians in the Philippines.  Congratulations Ryan!

Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology Colloquium presents two student research projects:  "Comparison of Borrelia burgdorferi strains and their Pathogenicity Using Whole Transcriptome Analysis" by Betsabel Chicana and "Ixodes pacificus Microbiome Diversity between Life Stage, Infection Stage and Host Blood Meal" by Jessica Kwan, 2:10-3:00 p.m., May 3, HH 543.  Everyone is welcomed.  

Biology celebrates 10th annual Baccalaureate and Masters Recognition Ceremony, May 29.   Volunteers are needed as ushers, staff assistants and for minor clean-up of gym, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Gym 100.  For more information and/or to volunteer, email: 

RTC's Barbara & Richard Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology & Environmental Science presents "Near-Shore Carbon Dynamics in the Context of Anthropogenic Ocean Acidification" by Dr. Andreas Andersson (Scripps Institute of Oceanography), 3:30 p.m., May 4, Bay Conference Center.  View upcoming seminar presentations at: 

Dr. Mark Chan and 'Team Jane' will hold a bone marrow drive to help leukemia patients, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., May 3-4, front of SF State Bookstore.  Join the registry and learn about the donation process.  Requirements to register:  ages 18-44, signed consent form and cheek swab.  For more information, email: 

Biology presents "Personalized Medicine 9.0:  Gene Therapy & Genome Editing -- This changes everything!, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., May 26, South San Francisco Conference Center.  $50 faculty/staff; $25/student; $350 general registration.  For more information, visit: 

Fall class offering!  BIOL 652 SPIKE, 4 units.  Teach biology to K-8 students.  Application deadline:  May 27.  Learn more at:


University Commencement, May 27, AT&T Park.  Volunteers needed.  For more information, email: 


Archaeotek offers graduate and undergraduate osteology and bioarchaeology summer research projects in southern Transylvania.  Learn more at: (Posted 4/12)


California Botanical Society offers Paul Silva Student Research Grants ($500) to support botanical research within western North America.  Application deadline:  May 6.  For more information, visit: 

Steven P. Cramer Legacy Scholarship ($2K) available for graduate student actively engaged in research relevant to applied fisheries science.  Application deadline:  June 1.  Learn more at:

Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA) offers graduate and undergraduate scholarships.  Application deadline:  June 17.  Learn more at:  http:/ or email: 


Bodega Marine Laboratory John and Mary Louise Riley Seminar Series presents "Marine Plastic Pollution:  New Insights--New Opportunities" by George Leonard (Ocean Conservancy), 4:00 p.m., May 4.  For more information, visit: or call:  707-875-2211. 

SACNAS presents "STEM Diversity and Public Understanding," October 13-15, Long Beach Convention Center.  Abstract submission and Travel Scholarships' application deadline:  May 13.  For more information, email: or visit:

Stanford University presents Encode Users Meeting, June 8-10, for novid eand experienced users of genomic data.  For more information, visit:

Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA) presents MASNA Scienctific Poster Session, September 9-11, San Diego, CA.  Poster abstract submission deadline:  June 24.  For more information, visit: or

American Journal of Physiology--Cell Physiology call for papers deadline:  June 30.  For more information, email:


Northern California company seeks Plant Specialist/Outside Sales position for identification, collection and sale of adapted native plant materials.  MA/MS in plant ecology or related field preferred.  For more information, email: (Posted 4/26)

Blue Shield of California (San Francisco) seeks Quality Improvement Coordinator (Job Reguisition #7468BR).  Full time position.  Two years' experience in healthcare delivery or health plan administration required; BA/BS preferred. Learn more at (Posted 4/26)

UCSF seeks Laboratory Technician for immunology lab researching cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for the establishment and maintenance of tolerance to self-antigen expressed in peripheral tissue.  2 year commitment and BA/BS required.  For more information, email: (Posted 4/19)

California Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks seasonal Fish and Wildlife Science Aide (20 positions) RPA #MR 14-CRFS/position #565-772-0835-905.  $12.11/hour.  Ten semester units in biology or related subjects required.  For more information, email: or call:  831-649-7176 (Posted 4/19)

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 Scanziani Lab seeks undergraduate volunteer to train mice to perform visual behaviors.  12 hours/week for 3 months commitment required.  For more information, email: or (Posted 4/26)