A Celebration of Kevin Rice: Plant Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Symposium: 5 September 2014

Received this by email:

Dear Colleagues

On 5 September 2014 a 1-day research symposium will take place on the UC Davis campus.

This symposium celebrates the career and research themes of Dr. Kevin Rice (retiring in 2014 from UC Davis) by highlighting innovative scientific approaches to answer fundamental questions and solve practical problems in conservation biology, restoration ecology, and invasion biology. Speakers represent diverse study systems to explore the evolutionary ecology of natural plant populations, and will present results that will inform future efforts to study adaptation and conserve native communities.

Please join us.

DATE: 5 September 2014

REGISTRATION: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=3D13084

This symposium is free of charge.


Sally Aitken
Spencer Barrett
Nancy Emery
Elizabeth Leger
Richard Mack
John McKay
Kevin Rice
Annie Schmitt
Jason Sexton
Sharon Strauss
Sonia Sultan

MORE INFO: https://sites.google.com/site/bigscience2014/home

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If I were applying for post-docs now, I would consider this one w/ Bassler, Stone and Wingreen

Just got this email:

Dear Jonathan,

We are looking for adventurous postdocs to work on bacterial quorum
sensing and biofilms. Our labs combine genetics, biochemistry,
structure, engineering, microfluidics, chemical, computational, and
theoretical approaches. Postdocs that join the group are welcomed into
a nurturing, collaborative, and vibrant atmosphere in which they can
tackle fundamental questions regarding the principles underlying
collective behaviors. They will learn and exploit strategies from a
variety of scientific disciplines. The interdisciplinary training they
receive with us will provide an excellent foundation for a successful
independent career.

Please send this note to your terrific senior graduate students and
encourage them to apply to us. We have attached information on the
position and how to apply.


Bonnie Bassler, Howard Stone, and Ned Wingreen


Postdoc ad Molecular Biology Princeton req#1400519.pdf

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Antibiotic resistance infocomic

I posted an original “infocomic” about antibiotic resistance over at my group blog – Nothing In Biology Makes Sense! It lays out the basics of why we should all be more than a little worried about over-use of antibiotics!

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A.P. Giannini Foundation 2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Posting this that I recevied via email:

Dear Dr. Eisen:

The A.P. Giannini Foundation invites physician-scientists and junior researchers with 6-36 months of postdoctoral research experience to apply to the 2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program supports innovative research in the basic sciences and applied fields and trains fellows to become established
investigators. The research should advance the translation of biomedical science into treatments, preventions and cures for human diseases.

Since 1951, the A.P. Giannini Foundation has awarded over 750 fellowships to postdoctoral biomedical researchers sponsored by California’s eight accredited medical schools. The Foundation awards new fellowships each year on a competitive, peer-review basis and will fund the fellowship for a maximum of three years based on satisfactory performance.


§ Candidates are eligible to apply if they have conducted
postdoctoral research for no less than 6 months and no greater than 36 months in the laboratory of their sponsor/mentor at the time of this year’s application deadline, November 3, 2014. The starting date of postdoctoral studies should be well documented and easily verifiable. Applicants with tenure-track research positions or faculty
appointments will not be considered.

§ Candidates must be United States citizens or permanent alien residents. They need to hold or complete an MD; MD/PhD; PhD or equivalent degree before they activate the fellowship.

§ Candidates must perform their research training under the sponsorship of an accredited California medical school and the mentorship of a principal investigator at the sponsoring medical school. They must arrange for their training before applying to the 2015 Fellowship Program. The mentor may supervise a maximum of two A.P. Giannini Foundation fellows in any one year.


The current fellowship stipend is $46,000 in Year 1, $48,000 in Year 2 and $50,000 in Year 3. Stipend payments are sent directly to the sponsoring medical school and can be used only for salary support of the fellow. No deductions are allowed for benefits, departmental or institutional overhead. The Foundation will announce the 2015 fellowship stipends by December 15, 2014.

Candidates may be eligible to receive additional salary support from their sponsoring institution but cannot hold another full fellowship or a federally funded career development award. Other income will not preclude favorable consideration; however, candidates must state the source and amount of other income they expect to receive in their application.


Candidates must use the 2015 Application Form to apply to the 2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program. The 2015 application form is available at http://www.apgianninifoundation.org. Completed applications for the 2015 Fellowship Program are due no later than Monday, November 3, 2014.

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Job ad: Director of Charles Darwin research Station in Galapagos

Well, this could be an interesting job .. (below is an email I just got forwarded).


We are seeking a new Science Coordinator to oversee and coordinate the scientific program of Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS), and to direct other CDRS functions.

Please find attached the Terms of Reference. The application deadline is September 15th.

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the biggest and oldest scientific institution on the Galapagos Islands.

The applicants can find more information about the Charles Darwin Foundation http://www.darwinfoundation.org in our website.

It would be appreciated if you shared this with your colleagues.
Science-Coordinator-CDF 2014.pdf

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At #At #UCDavis 7/28: Rachel Dutton “Cheese Rinds as Model Microbial Communities” cc: @racheljdutton

Rachel Dutton

Harvard University

“Cheese rinds as model microbial communities”

July 28, 2014 12:00 PM

Sensory Theater RMI
UC Davis

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Call for Proposals for using the Advanced Imaging Center at Janelia Farm

Got this in an email from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation:

In June of 2014 the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced the establishment of an Advanced Imaging Center at Janelia Farm that will make leading-edge imaging technologies more widely available to the scientific community.

Visualizing and understanding complex biological processes demands the integrated efforts of biologists and physicists. The mission of the Advanced Imaging Center (AIC) is to make cutting-edge imaging technologies developed at Janelia widely accessible, and at no cost, to scientists before the instruments are commercially available.

Operating strategically at the interface of engineering and biological applications, the AIC is positioned to drastically reduce the time between instrument development and widespread use in the increasingly technology-intensive field of biology. The AIC will expand the number and diversity of biologists who have access to the unique, state-of-the-art optical imaging microscopes developed at Janelia years before they become commercially available.

We encourage applications from scientists who are addressing significant scientific questions that require measurements of cellular/molecular behavior at spatial and/or temporal resolutions that would only be possible for them through access to the AIC.

The instruments currently available in the AIC:

· Lattice Light Sheet Microscope

· Interferometric Photoactivation and Localization Microscope (iPALM)

· Single Molecule Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Microscope (sm-TIRF)

· Aberration-Corrected Multifocus Microscope (acMFM)

· Live Cell Multicolor Structured Illumination Microscope (SIM)

Proposals to use the AIC will be evaluated through a two-tier peer review process. A Call-for-Proposals will be announced several times a year. The Janelia Visitor Program will cover the cost of lodging for the visiting scientist, experiments, technical support from our applications scientists, and scope time for researchers whose proposals are accepted.  The deadline for applications is August 15, 2014. Application material can be found here. Further inquiries can be directed to aic@janelia.hhmi.org

The AIC is generously sponsored by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Janelia.

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Microbial genomics job opening at Bayer CropScience

Bioinformatics position.pdf

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Bayer Crop Science is looking for a Microbiologist …


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Eisen Lab (Science) Art Show

This past week the lab did something a bit different for lab meeting: we talked about and shared our science (and not-so-science related) art. All possible art mediums were encouraged for submission (baking, poetry, music, paintings, photographs, etc). The following slides contain the submitted art work shared at our lab meeting.


The following are descriptions of each artist’s work:

Alex Alexiev: These photographs of unidentified fungi were taken at Muir Woods National Monument in the Bay Area of California. The forest is constituted by redwoods, ferns, and small waterfalls. The high humidity creates a great habitat for various awesome fungi and molds to flourish.

Marisano James: The poem was written by Marisano when he was 19 years old and only recently mailed to him by a friend. The photographs he submitted included two dragon flies in the middle of a mating ritual, an intricately painted mailbox, a photograph of the UC Davis graduation, a dragonfly close-up and a silk moth emerging from its cocoon.

Katie Dahlhausen: These are pictures of mushroom spores taken on a scanning electron microscope that Katie built herself!

Madison Dunitz: These are images of a microbe an undergraduate student in the lab, Andrew Stump, is characterizing.

Ruth Lee: Ruth painted the two acrylic paintings and made the collage during her senior year of high school. The snow leopard was painted for a friend who had red-green color blindness. She wanted to give him something that looked the same to him as it would for everyone else. It was the first painting she ever did. The landscape painting was also a done for a friend and was the production of just her mind (no photo reference was used!). Her friend’s favorite movie was Disney’s Pocahontas, and this is her rendition of the waterfall scene. The prompt for the collage was how she thought the world should be changed and back then, Ruth thought that the best way to change the world would be to educate future generations about adopting an active approach towards the issues of today.

Hannah Holland-Moritz: Hannah enjoys amateur photography and is interested in the intersection of science photography and art. The majority of these photographs were taken on various hikes in Northern California. The microscope photo was from one of the first microbiology experiments she ever performed. It’s a biofilm stained for polysaccharides and bacterial DNA.

Cassie Ettinger: For my submission, I included a poster I made for our Seagrass Microbiome Project which I made using Adobe InDesign. I made all of the graphics included on the poster in Adobe Photoshop from scratch. I also enjoy amateur photography and included some photographs of flowers and birds that I have taken in the past. My last submission includes some photographs I took of trenches dug at an archaeological dig I took part in at Boltby Scar in the United Kingdom.
Chris Beitel: This is a photo Chris took of an object and then distorted to obscure what the object was. The purpose being that people would look at something they usually found familiar, but not recognize what the familiar object was.
Dongying Wu: Dongying talked to us about a Persian miniature painting that he made using Adobe Illustrator CS6. The last three slides provide references and background information for the story he was trying to represent and the archeological evidence that he used for inspiration.
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