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 Bio Bulletin

September 1, 2015

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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:
  • Students are responsible for knowing University and Department deadlines, for reviewing the Department website ( and the weekly 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: 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:  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: (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  October 1.  Learn more about GSCB at: 


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: 


Last Day to Drop/Add/Audit a Class:  September 4.

Labor Day (campus closed):  September 7.


Sallmon Protection and Watershed Network (West Marin) offers internship program.  For more information, visit: (Posted 8/25)

University of Bern (Switzerland) offers undergraduate internship for alternative reproductive tactics in cichlid fish study.  For more information, email: (Posted 8/11)


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: 

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: 


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: 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: 

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: 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:


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:

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: (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: (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, (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:


Growth International Volunteer Excursions (GIVE) seeks student volunteers to work on sustainable development projects in Africa, Nicaragua, Thailand and Laos.  For more information, email: or visit: (Posted 9/1)

North Star Rescue seeks volunteers to work with at risk rodents.  For more information, visit: or email: (Posted 8/18)

Ecological Center of Akumal (Mexican Caribbean) seeks volunteers for Coral Reef Monitoring Program.  Three month commitment required.  For more information, email: (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 (Posted 8/11)