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NSF fellowship information meeting – extra meeting

September 30, 2011 Leave a comment

2012-13 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)



TODAY      Friday, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 | 3 – 5 pm (no RSVP required):

ROOM 1005 Auditorium, Genome and Biomedical Sciences Bldg

Keynote Speaker:     Professor Rob Berman, Professor & Vice Chair of Research, Neurological Surgery

Guest Speakers:       Professor Enoch Baldwin, Molecular & Cellular Biology | Professor Barbara Horwitz, Neurology, Physiology & Behavior and Vice Provost – Academic Personnel | Professor Ted Powers, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Current NSF GRFP Recipients:  Joseph Badillo, Chemistry | Scott Hamilton, Biochem & Molecu. Biology | Stephanie Maltas, Psychology | Lauren Morales, Ecology



Monday, OCTOBER 10, 2011 | 2:10- 3:30PM:

Cabernet Room, Silo Bldg

Keynote Speaker:     Professor Louie Yang, Entomology + (TBA)

Current NSF GRFP Recipients:  Toby Wedler, Chemistry + (TBA)


Meeting: Former and current NSF GRFP National reviewers (above) and recent graduate student recipients will present an informative overview of the application, offering invaluable tips and advice to potential applicants. Sample essays will also be available.

Program Description 

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in the relevantscience, technology, engineering, and mathematics  (STEM) disciplines* pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees, including women in engineering and computer and information science.

Amount:   $30,000 stipend and  (anticipated) $12,000 cost of education annually for up to three years.

Eligibility:  applicants must not have completed more than 12 months of full-time graduate study or the equivalent (senior undergraduates, 1st and 2nd year graduate students are generally eligible). In addition, applicants must have US citizenship, permanent resident or US national status at the time of application. Applicant must be accepted and enrolled in a US university graduate program at the time of the award.

Deadline: mid November 2011 (varies by discipline)

Fields of Study (research-based):  Chemistry, Computer & Information Science, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education & Learning.

 For more information and application see url:

The Office of Graduate Studies is pleased to share the results of the 2011-12 competition. UCD graduate students received an unprecedented number of new awards for the upcoming year. The results may be viewed at


Categories: Seminar Announcements


September 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Reflect is a new website that helps you understand what is on a scientific page, highlighting various proteins and small molecules, such as such as IL-5 and Rapamycin 

To find out more about a highlighted term, just click on it.

Link to an article about reflect in Nature Biotechnology.

Categories: Interesting link

Need to clear your mind? Attend a “Free Noon Concert”

September 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Free Noon Concerts

Feeling stressed? Need to get out of lab and regroup? Try clearing your mind by attending a daytime on-campus concert. The Department of Music’s fall quarter series of free Noon Concerts is set to begin Sept. 29 with a presentation by Michael Seth Orland on piano. The concerts are scheduled from 12:05 to 1 p.m. every Thursday through Dec. 1 (except Thanksgiving Day).

Pianist Michael Seth Orland plays Bartók, Deubussy and more in the first Noon Concert of 2011-12. Free. 12:05-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center.

Categories: Social Events, UC Davis

Seminars this week…

September 28, 2011 Leave a comment


Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry AGC 290-001- 4:10-6:00, 1 Wellman

College of Biological Sciences Seminars-Data Analysis and Visualization Using R, Presenter(s): Dawei Lin, When: 8:30 AM, Affiliation: UC Davis Genome Center – Technology Cores, Where: 1005 GBSF – Auditorium,Sponsored By: UC Davis Genome Center

GGG Seminar in Genomics & Epigenetics 4:10 pm 1022 LSA-Claude dePamphilis, Pennsylvania State Univ, Evolutionary and functional genomics of parasitic plants.

Plant Pathology PLP 290 -9:00-9:50, 115 Hutchison


Department of Chemistry 4:00-5:00pm Chem 179– Slavi Sevov, Notre Dame

Center for Population Biology (CPB) Seminar Series 4:10 – 5:30PM 1022 Life Sciences Building- Jessica Forrest, NSERC Fellow: Dept. of Entomology, UC Davis “Pollination, phenology, and phenological change in Rocky Mountain meadows”

Plant Biology Student Seminar Series 12:10 p.m. 2005 PES-Lewis Feldman (UC Berkeley) “Recent views on the establishment and maintenance of meristems in roots.” Host: Judy Jernstedt

Bioinformatics Tech Forum – 11:00 – 4202 GBSF (biweekly)


College of Biological Sciences Seminars-Genome Annotation, Presenter(s): Ian Korf and Barry Moore, When: 8:30 AM, Affiliation: UC Davis Genome Center and Univeristy of Utah, Where: 4202 GBSF, Sponsored By: UC Davis Genome Center

Community Development CRD 290-12:10-1:00 pm, 141 Olson

Entomology Departmental Seminar ENT 297N- 12:10-1:00 pm, 122 Briggs- Jacklyn Wong, postdoctoral fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga., will speak on “Oviposition Site Selection by Aedes aegypti and its Implications for Dengue Control.”

Food Science & Technology Seminar 4:10 – 5:00 pm, Room 1207, RMI South Sensory Theater (occasionally has snacks) John Krochta, UCD Food Science & Technology. Chemical Safety from Sherlock Holmes to MSDS and CUPA

Geography Seminar Series (Geo 297),What’s Space Got to do with it? 4:10-5:30pm Hoagland 113 (refreshments!)-Hsuan Hsu, Associate Professor of English, UC Davis. Topic: Cultural Geography & Literature. Presentation title: “Literatures of the American Pacific.”

MIC 291 Seminar Series 4:10-5:30 PM 1022 Life Sciences Building

Plant Sciences Departmental Seminar 12pm-1pm PES 3001- Larry Teuber “Breeding non-dormant alfalfa – Applications of pollinator behavior and gene flow to isolation and commercial seed production”

Textiles Graduate Group Seminar (TXC 290) 4:10-5pm 135 Everson Hall


Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series 4:10-5:30 p.m 1001 Giedt Hall Shripad Tuljapurkar “Phenotypic Dynamics and Evolutionary Change”

MCB Joint Seminar Series 4:10pm 1022 LSA (snacks)-September 29, 2011, “The Role of Spindle Orientation in Neural Stem Cell Homeostasis in Drosophila”, Chris Doe, University of Oregon (Host: Lesilee Rose)

Postharvest Biology Seminar 12:10pm 163 Olson

Department of Statistics Seminars 4:10 – 5:30pm, Colloquium Room 1147 Mathematical Sciences (Refreshments at 3.30pm in Statistics Lounge, 4110 Mathematical Sciences) Galina Hale Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco Global banking network and international capital flows


Biotechnology Program Seminar (MCB/ECH 294) 11:00 AM 1022 LSA. Big Bang Kickoff. Nicole Starsinic, Associate Director, Center for Entrepreneurship UC Davis

Emerging Challenges in Microbiology and Immunology 12:10 1005 GBSF (often has snacks)-Scott I. Simon, Ph.D.“Engineering the innate immune response for improved resolution of S. Aureus abscess”

Plant Biology Seminar Series 12:10pm 1022 Life Sciences- Lewis Feldman (UC Berkeley) “Recent views on the establishment and maintenance of meristems in roots.”

Viticulture & Enology Seminar 12:10 RMI Silverado Sensory Theater-SEMINAR in 1207 RMI South this week-David Mills, Professor, Viticulture & Enology A new way to evaluate “microbial terroir” & Anita Oberholster, Enology Extension Specialist Influence of vinification techniques and aging on phenol composition and mouthfeel of red wine

Editorial: First Year Round Up

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

First Year Round Up
By: Alex Gulevich

Welcome to the new academic year! As a member of the class who made it through his first year in the first year of the BMCDB program, I thought it would be a good idea to write this month’s editorial talking about my general perspectives of the first year experience, mainly on getting through the rotations, what to expect in classes, and maintaining balance.

Rotations I’d say this was the most important item for the first years, even more so than classes for the simple reason that whatever lab we join, it’s a five-year commitment. Naturally we want to impress our rotation PI with our knowledge, skills and work. This means investing a major portion of our time reading manuscripts and gaining an in-depth understanding of the background and history of our rotation project, showing competence at the bench, and presenting and discussing our project without fumbling the ball. After five weeks it’s rinse, wash and repeat and the worst part about this is that even after all this work, there’s no guarantee you’ll be offered a spot in the lab. The most common reason is because the PI doesn’t have the money to support a graduate student, and this becomes frustrating for the student seeking the lab they desire.

Luckily there are a lot of labs out there with amazing and interesting research we can shop around for. Making a top ten list of professors and keeping an open mind is a good way to prepare for finding a lab. Send emails to professors letting them know why you’re interested in their lab, ask if they’re taking rotation students and if they will be able to support a graduate student, attach a CV or resumé, and set up a meeting time. It may sound over the top at first, but it’s the professional approach and most professors will respect that because it shows self-motivation, that you’re seeking the best opportunity to develop yourself as a graduate student, and that you mean business. Doing this earlier than later is best and meeting with several professors enables you to initially gauge how this person treats others, both academics and non-academics, and if this is the type of person you’d like to work with for the next five years.

Classes What can I say; it’s a lot of work and was overwhelming at times. There were plenty of assignments and manuscripts to plow through on top of the stressful process of finding a lab. The core classes are structured differently than the traditional classroom where instead of a single instructor is assigned to teach a course, several instructors rotating an average of once every other week are assigned to teach the course. This was a great way to expose the diversity of research conducted here at Davis and seeing how different professors from different fields think and approach problems. Many of the professors are enthusiastic teachers and are the experts in their field, and it’s always refreshing to see after so many years into their professional careers most are still untarnished by cynicism and are still driven by teaching and inspiring the student. However, having multiple instructors turned out to be a double-edged sword and the major drawback was inconsistency. Each instructor has their own teaching style, expectations and standards of grading. It was difficult to adapt to different teaching styles so often and because instructors had limited time teaching their particular section this made some prone to shooting shotgun loads of information in order to cram in all the material on time. This isn’t meant to criticize their ability to teach, but I think this is the natural tradeoff inherent in this type of course structure.

Balance I always find it important to take care of yourself physically and mentally. With the huge volume of work to get done, it’s easy to get stuck in the endless grind of experiments and class assignments. Make time for yourself and keep that time sacred for enjoying activities that help you unwind. Bike around Davis or to Winters if you can, watch Lion King 3D and not tear up after the stampede scene, think in new ways by reading Noam Chomsky or feed the imagination with Harry Potter, watch upcoming performances like the San Francisco Symphony at the Mondavi Arts Center or Cake at Freeborn Hall, spend time with your loved ones and significant others, anything that serves as a reminder to the other important aspects of life outside of our profession. Try swinging by to a monthly TGIF and chat it up with your peers over free pizza and beer or come out to happy hour at Sophia’s, it’s a great way to learn who the people in the graduate group are as individuals. Keep exploring the world and talking to others, there’s plenty to do and plenty of people to meet. Remember to stop and smell the roses every once in a while.

These are just a few of my viewpoints and philosophies that helped me get through my first year and I’m sure everyone has their own unique perspectives and experience. Whether you agree or disagree with what I’ve written, or would like to contribute anything yourself that you’d think would be helpful to current or future incoming graduate students, I encourage you to leave a comment and share your thoughts and I would also be more than happy to respond to any comments left for me. Otherwise, take care and good luck!

Categories: Editorials

Hsuan-Ching Ho’s exit seminar

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Please come see Hsuan-Ching Ho‘s exits seminar this Friday Sept 30th at 2pm in LSA1022!

The title of my talk is:

The roles of Pch2 and Mek1 in interhomolog bias and the recombination checkpoint during meiosis


Hsuan-Chung Ho
Burgess Lab

Bearded Scientist might kill his family

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment

At least that was what this study was trying to find the answer to. Result: more bacteria and viral particles remained on beards compared to shaven versions, but if this was truly a hazard to their families remains unknown, as this comment a year later highlights. A very useful study.

For more pubmed fun read this blog: NCBI ROFL.

Categories: Funny Links/Comics