Archive for October, 2011

Check out these UC Davis seminars!

October 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Seminars this week…

Monday, October 31st

Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry AGC 290-001- 4:10-6:00, 1 Wellman-Qi Zhang, Dept. Environmental Toxicology-title TBA

GGG Seminar in Genomics & Epigenetics 4:10 pm 1022 LSAVanessa Hayes, J. Craig Venter Institute, San Diego, Mapping the Extent of Human Genome Diversity

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

Tuesday, November 1st

STATISTICS COLLOQUIUM- 3.10pm, MSB 1143 (Statistics Seminar Room) Refreshments: 3.30pm, MSB 4110 (Statistics Lounge)Victor Panaretos (Institute of Mathematics of the Ecole Polytechniqe Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland) “Second-Order Comparison of Functional Populations and the Mechanical Properties of DNA”

Department of Chemistry 4:00-5:00pm Chem 179John Turner, National Renewable Energy Laboratory “Challenges and Opportunities in Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting”

Center for Population Biology (CPB) Seminar Series 4:10 – 5:30PM 1022 Life Sciences Building Christopher Griesemer, Graduate Student: Ecology Graduate Group, UC Davis

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

Wednesday, November 2nd

BMCDB Student Seminars – 1:00 – 1022 LSA (free pizza) (biweekly)- Anna Erickson

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

Entomology Departmental Seminar ENT 297N- 12:10-1:00 pm, 122 Briggs Todd Holmes, professor and vice chair, UC Irvine School of Medicine, will speak on “Drosophila Cryptochrome Mediates a Novel Non-Opsin Phototransduction Mechanism.” Will not be webcast, includes unpublished data Host: Joanna Chiu

Food Science & Technology Seminar 4:10 – 5:00 pm, Room 1207, RMI South Sensory Theater (occasionally has snacks) Cheryl Mitchell, Creative Research Management. What it takes to Create Novel Food Products: Benchtop through Production

Geography Seminar Series (Geo 297),What’s Space Got to do with it? 4:10-5:30pm Hoagland 113 (refreshments!) Richard Plant, Professor Emeritus in Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Plant Sciences, UC Davis. Topic: Precision Agriculture.

MIC 291 Seminar Series 4:10-5:30 PM 1022 Life Sciences Building Chad Crain (Loge Lab) Exit Seminar

Plant Sciences Departmental Seminar 12pm-1pm PES 3001- Beth Mitcham: “Fruit quality from several perspectives”

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

Thursday, November 3rd

Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series 4:10-5:30 p.m 1001 Giedt Hall-Butch Brodie “Time to Change the Channel: Predator-prey Arms Races and the Evolution of Toxin Resistance in Snakes

MCB Joint Seminar Series 4:10pm 1022 LSA (snacks)- Cellular Mechanisms of Insulin Resistance: Implications for Obesity, Lipodystrophy and Type 2 Diabetes, Gerald Shulman, Yale University

Perspectives in Neuroscience Seminar Series-12 pm-1 pm (select dates) CNS Conference Room 113 (1544 Newton Ct., Research Park)(11:30am reception)-A Network Perspective on Brain Function, Olaf Sporns, University of Indiana

Postharvest Biology Seminar (PBI 293) 12:10pm 163 Olson- Ionizing radiation Priya Natarajan

Department of Statistics Seminars 4:10 – 5:30pm, Colloquium Room 1147 Mathematical Sciences (Refreshments at 3.30pm in Statistics Lounge, 4110 Mathematical Sciences) Patrice Koehl Dept Computer Science / Genome Center, UC Davis

Friday, November 4th

Biotechnology Program Seminar (MCB/ECH 294) 11:00 AM 1022 LSA- The UC Davis GMP Facility: Uniting a Successful Business Model with the Development of Life Saving Stem Cell Therapies. Gerhard Bauer, PhD Laboratory Director GMP Facility, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Stem Cell Program, UCD School of Medicine.

Emerging Challenges in Microbiology and Immunology 12:10 1005 GBSF (often has snacks) Holland Chen, Ph.D.“Induced conformation of HIV Env conjugated with highly neutralizing antibody VRC01” UC Davis Molecular and Cell Biology

Plant Biology Seminar Series 12:10pm 1022 Life Sciences- Jamie Cate (UC Berkeley, LBL) “A tale of two fungi: Improving biofuel production from plant biomass.” Host, Florence Zakharov (

Landscape Architecture Proseminar Series-Putah Creek: Lifeblood of the region, 12:10 -1:00pm, 230 Wellman

Viticulture & Enology Seminar 12:10 RMI Silverado Sensory Theater- M. Andrew Walker “Why would anyone breed grapes?”

Categories: Seminar Announcements

Winners of ‘Dance your PhD’ contest

October 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Microstructure-Property relationships in Ti2448 components produced by Selective Laser Melting: A Love Story from Joel Miller on Vimeo.

Miller’s entry … was based on his Ph.D. research using lasers to create titanium alloys strong and flexible enough for long-lasting hip replacements.

Link to article in Science mag.

Categories: Funny Links/Comics

Used Lab Equipment Finds A Second Home Overseas

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Recently on NPR, the work of Seeding Labs was highlighted. Often, we here in wealthy labs in the US, take it for granted that we have all our equipment and buy partially of completely made solutions for our experiment. In most labs around the world, especially in the developing countries this is utopia. To help them a hand Seeding Labs, a non-profit NGO, gets ‘old’ lab equipment and sends this to labs in developing countries, such as the University of Nairobi in Kenya.

Seeding Labs’ goal is:

… simple: Help talented scientists in the developing world do life-changing research.

Support this great contribution to humanity.

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Careers with Sandia National Laboratories

October 27, 2011 1 comment

This blog has brought to your attention that alternative career options are very relevant to today’s graduates with a PhD. In that alley, Sandia National Labs is having a recruitment session. Read below.

Careers with Sandia National Laboratories for Advanced Degree Holders

Wednesday, November 2
Noon-1:30pm | Room 114 South Hall

For all interested M.S. and Ph.D. science, engineering, and computer science students and postdocs

  • Learn about the excellent opportunities at Sandia National Laboratory
  • Meet Technical Members of Staff and UCD Alums –
    • Jack Skinner, PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis
    • Mien Yip, PhD in Civil Engineering from UC Davis

Bring Your Resume!  Don’t have a resume?  Or have a resume that needs some work? Attend our Resume Writing Workshop for Grad Students and Postdocs in advance of the information session

Food and drinks will be provided.

Find more information at or at

Sponsored by Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Career Services at the Internship and Career Center and the Office of Graduate Studies (Professional Development Series)

Categories: Job Opporunities

Matt Might’s articles on grad school

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment
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Getting the most out of a conference

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment

BiteSize Bio published an article with a few tips to get the most out of a conference:

  1. See what’s new in the commercial world.
  2. Go off the beaten path
  3. Get connected, and try out the connections
  4. Stay one step ahead of the literature
  5. Enjoy the city!

To read the entire article, click here.

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Masters in Science Communication Program at UCSC

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Are you considering a career in science writing? Or do you want to become a good writer as part of your skill-set? Maybe you want to consider taking the Science Communication Program at UC Santa Cruz. This is a one year, intense course in science writing and many of their alumni have gone to great careers in the media, such as NPR or various news papers in LA, Detroit or Philly.

They also started their own blog The Crashing Edge, so can have a taste of the work they produce.