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September 1, 2015
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DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY NEWS AND EVENTS
Notes from Biology Department Chair, Dr. Mike Goldman:
- Prerequisite courses with a grade of C-minus or better is a strictly enforced Department of Biology policy. Prerequisites cannot be taken concurrently.
- Undergraduates cannot enroll in graduate-level courses unless they have a minimum GPA of 3.25, and have completed lower-division major requirements.
- The Department enforces the strictest standards of academic honesty at all levels of the currculum. For more information, visit: http://conduct.sfsu.edu
- Students are responsible for knowing University and Department deadlines, for reviewing the Department website (http://biology.sfsu.edu) and the weekly Bio Bulletin (http://biology.sfsu.edu/content/bio-bulletin). (Posted 9/1)
Professor Emeritus Greg Antipa's artistic interpretation of photomicrographs is on exhibit at Pacifica's Sanchez Art Center. (View a photo at: https://www.facebook.com/sfsubiology) Congratulations Dr. Antipa!
Dr. Sarah Cohen, alumna Renate Eberl (MS Ecology & Systematic Biology 2005) and graduate Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology major Laura Melroy received a COAST award for "Differential Population Genetic Responses to Severe Disease in Brooding Seastars of the Species Complex Leptasterias spp." Congratulations!
Dr. Megumi Fuse received a National Institutes of Health grant for "San Francisco State University MS/PhD Bridge to the Doctorate." Congratulations Dr. Fuse!
Theresa Kane, Administrative Assistant for Biology Graduate Program, has been promoted to Academic Office Coordinator for the Department of Geography & Environment. Congratulations Theresa!
Drs. Tom Parker and Mike Vasey's research on manzanitas and their book "Field Guide to Manzanitas: California, North America and Mexico" was the focus of a Chico ER News article "Florey's Book Event A Field Guide to the Life-Giving Manzanita." Read the article at: http://www.chicoer.com/general-news/20150825/floreys-book-event-a-field-guide-to-the-life-giving-manzanita Congratulations Drs. Parke and Vasey!
RTC Seminar series presents "Global Change Impacts on Wetland Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise" by Dr. Patrick Megonigal (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center), 3:30, September 2, Bay Conference Center. Everyone is welcomed.
Colloquium in Microbiology, Cell & Molecular Biology presents "Toward an Ecology of Brain: Neuroethology, Ecology and Habitat of the Sea Slug Tritonia tetraquetra" by Dr. James Murray (CSU East Bay), 4:00 p.m., September 3, SCI 210. Everyone is welcomed.
Graduate Assistant needed for BIOL 625 Hematology class. Must have taken a hematology class with a grade of B or higher. For more information, email: Joseph.Musallam@ucsf.edu (Posted 8/11)
Graduate Student Council in Biology (GSCB) seeks creative/artistic biologist to design new GSCB logo. Logo much include "The Graduate Student Council in Biology" or "GSCB." Winner will receive Biology Department t-shirt and $25 gift card to an on-campus location of their choice. Entry deadline to firstname.lastname@example.org: October 1. Learn more about GSCB at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/675783472534853
Elvin Lauron (MS Cell & Molecular Biology 2014) co-authored "Rhoptry Proteins ROP5 and ROP18 are Major Murine Virulences Factors in Genetically Divergent South American Strains of Toxoplasma gondii" published in PLOS Genetics. Read the abstract at: http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1005434
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & ENGINEERING (COSE), SF STATE AND CSU NEWS AND EVENTS
Last Day to Drop/Add/Audit a Class: September 4.
Labor Day (campus closed): September 7.
ACADEMIC, RESEARCH & INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Sallmon Protection and Watershed Network (West Marin) offers internship program. For more information, visit: https://seaturtles.org/internships/habitat-restoration-internship/ (Posted 8/25)
University of Bern (Switzerland) offers undergraduate internship for alternative reproductive tactics in cichlid fish study. For more information, email: email@example.com (Posted 8/11)
FUNDING: FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS
SF State offers Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) funding for student travel to conferences. Must be an active participant. Application deadline: September 16. For more information, call: 415-338-2571 or visit: http://www.sfsu.edu/~academic/policies.html
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships (up to $90K) for New Americans available for immigrants and children of immigrants' graduate education. Application deadline: December 1. Learn more at: http://www.pdsoros.org
EVENTS: STUDENT CLUBS, WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES, COMPETITIONS
UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory John and Mary Louise Riley Seminar Series presents "Coral Calcification, Ocean Acidification and Ocean Alkalinity: Reports from Field Research in Australia's Great Barrier Reef" by Ken Caldeira (Carnegie Institute for Science), 4:00 p.m., September 2. For more information, visit: http://www.bml.ucdavis.edu or call: 707-875-2211.
Delta Stewardship Council Delta Science Program presents "California Salmon and Climate Variability Symposium," September 10, UC Davis. Learn more at: http://cmsi.ucdavis.edu/events/salmon-and-climate-symposium.html
SF Zoo Conservation Lecture Series presents "The Forgotten Tigers: CAT Walks in the Jungle Benefit Zoos, Staff, Visitors, Wildlife and the Indigenous Community" by Kae Kawanishi (Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers), 1:00-2:30 p.m., September 13, Osher Great Hall of the Lurie Education Center. Free admission to lecture; recommended for ages 12 and above. For more information, visit: www.sfzoo.org or call: 415-753-7073.
San Francisco Estuary Institute & Aquatic Science Center presents RMP Annual Meeting "Future Visions for Water Quality in the Bay," September 17-18, Oakland, CA. Learn more at: www.sfei.org/rmp-meeting
California Department of Fish & Wildlife seeks Environmental Scientist. Salary: $3-6K/month. Two years of professional scientific experience in environmental analysis, research or investigation or MA/MS in biological sciences or related field required. Application deadline: September 10. Learn more at: http://jobs.spb.ca.gov/wvpos/more_info.cfm?recno=627759
Wainwright Lab (UC Davis) seeks Junior Specialist/Lab Manager to assist with research on the functional morphology and evolution of fishes. BA/BS degree in biological sciences or related fields required. Salary: $36,984/year plus health benefits. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Posted 8/18)
South San Francisco Unified School District seeks biology teachers. Must possess a single subject credential in biological sciences. For more information, email: email@example.com (Posted 8/18)
California Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks Fish and Wildlife Science Aids (20 positions), MR 14-CRFS. Salary: $12.11/hour; variable hours up to 40 hours/week. Two years of college with 10 semester units in biology or chemistry required. For more information, contact Heather Villalobos, 831-649-7176, Heather.Villalobos@wildlife.ca.gov (Posted 8/18)
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: www.sfsu.edu/~sicc/
Growth International Volunteer Excursions (GIVE) seeks student volunteers to work on sustainable development projects in Africa, Nicaragua, Thailand and Laos. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.facebook.com/givevolunteers (Posted 9/1)
Ecological Center of Akumal (Mexican Caribbean) seeks volunteers for Coral Reef Monitoring Program. Three month commitment required. For more information, email: email@example.com (Posted 8/11)
Planet Bee Foundation seeks intern to assist with Bay Area schools' hands-on lessons in biology, conservation and environmental stewardship. Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org (Posted 8/11)