The Annual Meeting & BBQ are fast approaching and so is the deadline for the BMCDB blog Photo Contest 2012!
Have you already submitted your science photo? If not, send it to BMCDB.UCDavis@gmail.com with a short description.
Also, have you already voted on the current contestants?
And yes, you can win money, but only if you participate of course!
Want to win $50 and become a published author?
Enter the Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell Blog Essay Contest.
Write a no more than 500 word, convincing, non-fiction essay on stem cells thinking entirely outside the box.
Otherwise, the angle you take is totally up to you.
Make me think.
There will be two winners.
Category 1 = age 18 or younger
Category 2 = age 19 or older
The winners will each get two prizes.
1) you will get a $50 iTunes gift card
2) you will have you essay published on this website for 1,000s of the top scientists, patient advocates, grant funders, politicians, and educators in the world interested in stem cells to read. Talk about potentially opening doors and a great thing to put on your resume/CV or college application too.
Rules (read carefully).
Essays over 500 words will not be considered.
References/citations of other papers (if you choose to have any, limit of 5) do not count toward the word limit.
Fictional essays will not be considered.
The sole judge will be me and all decisions final.
No plagiarism. No personal attacks, no obscenities, and especially no boring essays.
In the event of a tie for any given age category, each of the tied winners for a given age group will get a $25 gift card and both will be published.
With your entry, tell me whether you are in category 1 or 2, otherwise your essay will not be considered. With your essay you must supply a statement indicating your name, your age, your mailing address for the prize, and your email address as well as a statement agreeing to have your essay published on this website. Essays lacking this info or statement will not be considered.
Deadline. June 30, 2012. No exceptions.
Entries must be emailed to me at: email@example.com
Only one entry per person (those sending more will be disqualified).
No members of the Knoepfler Lab are eligible of course.
If you want to stay up to date with the work of the Knoepfler lab, you can follow dr. Paul Knoepfler on twitter too.
Dear UC Davis Community, I am seeking nominations and letters of interest for an experienced academic leader from within UC Davis to serve as Interim Vice Chancellor – Student Affairs. As you may know, Vice Chancellor Fred Wood, who has admirably served UC Davis for more than a quarter century, has accepted the Chancellor’s position at the University of Minnesota – Crookston, effective July 2, 2012. We must move swiftly to ensure continuity of leadership in Student Affairs. Therefore, I ask that nominations be forwarded to me by June 4, 2012, so that I may submit an item to the Regents for approval of a one-year interim appointment while we conduct a national recruitment for a permanent replacement. This position reports directly to me and will serve as a member of the Council of Deans and Vice Chancellors during the interim appointment. I am seeking an individual who is a member of the campus’s Academic Senate with demonstrated accomplishment in academic leadership and management in student-related positions; excellent management, organizational, planning, supervisory and problem-solving skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; knowledge of budgeting, financial controls, and fiscal accountability; knowledge of student development theory and student concerns, challenges, interests and issues; ability to work collaboratively and inclusively with faculty, staff, students, the media, and the broader community; and the ability to relate effectively to a wide variety of people of diverse backgrounds, including an understanding and respect for cultural, ethnic, and individual differences. The position requires a minimum of five years of academic administrative experience. With the assistance of an advisory committee composed of student, faculty and administration representatives, we will review the nominations and letters of interest submitted. Our goal will be to fill the Interim Vice Chancellor – Student Affairs position by July 2, 2012. Nominations and letters of interest should be submitted to Linda Fairfield at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your assistance in recruiting this critical position.
Sincerely, Linda P.B. Katehi Chancellor
A note from V&E’s resident veteran, Luke Bohanan
All,Before we set off in our different directions to enjoy (or work through) this Memorial day weekend, I would like to take a moment of you time, to get on my soap box.Yesterday I went with a few of my Student Veterans club members to the Memorial Union to lay flowers at the Aggie veterans memorial tucked away in the corner next to the fireplace in the Griffin lounge in the MU. There, a stainless steel plaque lists the names of 134 UC Davis Graduates that were killed in combat from World War I through 2006, accompanied by a book encased in glass that talks about each service member. I had never realized that the MU, the Memorial Union, was originally dedicated to these heroes, and I realized how easy it is to forget what memorial day is all about. For me, the break is always bitter sweet. Every year since 2003 I have lost at least one of the original 400 some odd soldiers that I crossed the boarder with in Iraq, many of whom I worked closely with, and all of whom I have called my brother.So, if you have time this weekend, or later on, I invite you to go down to the MU Griffin lounge and take a moment to think about those who sacrificed so much to stand up when the call came out. Also, if you are at a party, bbq, camping trip, or stuck behind your computer, take a moment, and take a moment and have a drink for all the great men and women who fought so hard and are no longer here to drink with us.Here is a link to the article about the re-dedication of the wall, if you are interested.http://dateline.ucdavis.edu/dl_detail.lasso?id=8836Thank you, and have fun this weekend.
RNA on Steroids
2 pm Friday, 5/25, LS1022.
Dr Loren Williams, Director, NASA Center for Ribosomal Evolution and Adaptation, GA Tech, Atlanta
Dr Williams works on rewinding the “tape of life”: to shed light on the nature of protein synthesis prior to the last universal common ancestor of life. His center focuses on the characteristics of ancient macromolecules and their assemblies, specifically on aboriginal mechanisms of peptide synthesis by RNA – an attempt to uncover clues about key steps in the transition from the RNA world to the protein. In part, Dr Williams work carries the potential of discovering and characterizing the oldest traceable macromolecules and machines of life, and the earliest discernable connection between RNA and protein. The formation of the Peptidyl Transferase Center marked the beginning of the translation machinery and the beginning of the end of the RNA world. Therefore, working on the resurrection and the structures of ancestral Peptidyl Transferase Centers allows Dr Williams to test ideas about primitive living systems, as well as the origin of protein.