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 Bio Bulletin

September 16, 2014

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Graduate Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology major Shayle Matsuda (Gosliner's Lab) is the 2014 recipient of the CSU Trustees Award -- the highest student distinction within the CSU system.  Congratulations Shayle!

Dr. Pleuni Pennings' YouTube video "Why do Slave Ants Kill Slavemakers?" has been viewed by 3600 people.  To view the video, visit:  Congratulations Dr. Pennings!

Dr. Dennis Desjardin presented "The Status of Commerical Wild Mushroom Harvesting" at the FDA Pacific Region Retail Food Sales Conference in Phoenix, AZ.  Congratulation Dr. Desjardin!

Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Enviromental Science Seminar Series presents "Early Origins, Persistence, and Losses of Feeding Larval Forms in a Changing World" by Dr. Richard Strathmann (Friday Harbor Laboratory, University of Washington), 3:30 p.m., September 17, Bay Conference Center.  To learn more about upcoming speakers and titles, visit:  Everyone is welcomed.

Colloquium in Microbiology, Cell & Molecular Biology presents "When Splicing Get Tough a Kinase Gets Going" by Dr. Michael Marvin (UCSF), 4:00-5:00 p.m., September 18, SCI 201.  To learn more about upcoming speakers and titles, visit:  Everyone is welcomed.

Current and future Biology undergraduate majors are invited to open advising sessions, 12:30-1:30 p.m., September 16 and September 30, HH 501.  Bring your questions!  For more information, email:  Dr. Sally Pasion,

Applying for Graduation this Fall?  Check these websites:

Deadline to submit Fall 2014 graduation applications to Biology Department Office, HH 534:  September 19, 4:00 p.m.

Deadline to submit approved Fall graduation applications to the One Stop Center:  September 26, 5:00 p.m.


27th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium, January 8-10, Santa Clara.  Poster abstract submission deadline:  October 6.  For more information, visit:

Enviromental Studies Program's Climate Action Forum Film Series presents "Standing on Sacred Ground:  Profit and Loss," 4:00-6:00 p.m., October 13, Lib 121.

School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Public Lecture Series presents "Speaking on Updates from the Front Lines of the Climate Fight" by Bill McKibben, 2:00-4:30 p.m, October 16, McKenna Hall.

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


University of Montana Environmental Studies Program offers 3-unit undergraduate winter course:  ENST 391, Carribbean Ecosystem Field Studies, December 29-January 16.  For more information, visit: or email: (Posted 9/16)

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:


SF State IRA Student Travel grants ($600 maximum/student) application deadline:  October 6, 4:00 p.m.  Must be an active participant in the conference/meeting.  To apply, visit: 

2014 Howell-CSUPERB Research Scholar Award Program for undergraduate researchers in women's health field application deadline:  October 8.  For more information, visit: 

CSU COAST Graduate Student Research Awards ($3K/student) application deadline:  October 27, 5:00 p.m.  For more information, email: or visit:

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:

Department of Defense undergraduate/graduate scholarships for science majors application deadline:  December 15.  Must be US citizen.  For more information, visit:


SF State pre-Health Honors Society's (PHHS) first general meeting, 5:00 p.m., September 17, HUM 127.  Learn about PHHS and enter to win a free Princeton Review MCAT course.  For more information, email: 

California Academy of Sciences' Explore, Explain and Sustain! Seminar Series presents "The Big Ratchet:  How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis" by Dr. Ruth DeFries (Columbia University), 1:30-2:30 p.m., September 18, Boardroom.  Free admission.  Everyone is welcomed.

College of Marin presents "China Camp State Park:  A Unique Cultural and Natural Resource" by Sarah Ferner (San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve) and Ed Lai, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., September 20 and September 27.  For more information, visit: (see page 13).

Stanford University presents "ACS on Campus," 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., September 20, Huang Engineering Center, Room 300.  Learn about the basics and ethics of scholarly publishing, grant proposal writing and tools for advancing your career.  Free event, but registration required.  For more information, email: or visit:

SF Zoo Wild Places, Wild Things Conservation Lecture series presents "Fighting the Illicit Animal Trade" by William O'Brien and Ann Marie Holmes (California Department of Fish & Game), September 21 and "A Future of Cheetahs" by Dr. Laurie Marker (Cheetah Conservation Fund), September 24, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Osher Great Hall of the Lurie Education Center.  Lectures are free, and recommended for ages 12 and above.  For more information, call:  415-753-7073.

California Estuarine Research Society Fall 2014 Conference, September 26-27, Bodega Marine Laboratory.

12th Annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference "Empowering the Next Generation of Health Care Professionals," October 11-12.  For more information, visit:

3rd Virtual International Conference on Advanced Research in Scientific Areas, December 1-5, at  Full paper submission deadline:  October 20.  For more information, email: 

Bay Area Science Festival 2014, October 23-November 1, celebrates science with events taking place from Santa Rosa to San Jose.  For more information, visit: 


University of Rhode Island's Department of Biological Science seeks Multicultural Post-Doctoral Fellow with expertise in genetics.  For more information, visit: or (Posted 9/16)

After School Program Tutor needed for San Francisco elementary school children.  For more information, call Ruth Rogers, 415-586-1444 x209 or 415-254-0413.  (Posted 9/16)

Making Waves Education Program seeks part-time experienced science, math, reading and writing teachers for high school students.  Pay rate:  $14.50/hour.  Must be a college junior or senior.  For more information, visit: (Posted 9/9)

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:


Global Brigades @ San Francisco State University's medical, dental and public health chapters need volunteers to travel to developing countries in summer 2015 to work in under-resourced communities to resolve global health and economic disparities.  Informational meetings will be held:  September 22, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Rosa Parks F, September 23, 5:00-6:00 p.m., T-153, September 24, 1:00-2:00 p.m., T-153 and September 25, 10:00-11:00 a.m., T-153.  For more information, email: or visit: 

Research Assistants needed for UCSF's Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute to work on clinical trial testing the efficacy of a Facebook cessation intervention for young adults.  16 hours/week and 1 year commitment required.  For more information, email: (Posted 8/26)

Research Interns needed to assist in a 3-month UC Riverside ecology and evolution study in Trinidad beginning November.  Travel and living expenses will be covered.  For more information, email: or (Posted 8/26)

Research Assistants needed for UCSF's Emotion, Health & Psychophysiology Lab.  10-12 hours/week; 6 month commitmnent required.  For more information, email: (Posted 8/26)

Field Assistant needed to survey populations of Anolis cristatellus in Puerto Rico, October 12-November 23.  Fluency in Spanish preferred.  Airfare from US, meals and lodging provided.  For more information, visit: or email: (Posted 8/26)