Santa Clara University
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Department of Biology
Inside this issue:
West Coast Biological Sciences
Undergraduate Research Conference
Alumni Spotlight 2
The WCBSUR Conference was This year, Santa Clara will The Keynote Speaker will be Dr.
Internship Opportunity 3 founded in 1975 at Santa Clara again have the honor of hosting Chris Field.
University and was hosted at this event.
Faculty Spotlight 3
Santa Clara every year until The conference is sponsored by
Internship Opportunity 4 1986, when other institutions the College of Arts and Sci-
began sharing the responsibility. ences and the Department of
Research Program 4 Those host schools include Biology and will be hosted on:
Point Loma Nazarene Univer-
Upcoming Courses 5 sity, Loyola Marymount Univer- Saturday April 24, 2010.
sity, Santa Clara University, For more information please
University of San Francisco, visit the website at:
Occidental College, Colorado http://www.scu.edu/biology/ Chris Field is the founding director
College, and University of Cali- wcsburc/index.cfm of the Carnegie Institution‟s De-
fornia at Irvine. partment of Global Ecology, Profes-
Over the first 34 years of its sor of Biology and Environmental
history, WCBSUR Conferences Earth System Science at Stanford
have been attended by students University, and Faculty Director of
and faculty representing 143 Stanford‟s Jasper Ridge Biological
institutions from 25 states. Preserve.
Winter Seminar Series
The Department of Biology is hosting a seminar series this quarter. The seminars are on Friday afternoons from 2:30 to
3:30. All are encouraged to attend. The schedule is as follows:
January 15th—Dr. Scott A. Shaffer, Department of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University, San Jose.
“Seabirds and Oceanic Hotspots: Insights from the Tagging of Pacific Pelagics”
February 12th—Dr. Dan Franks, York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis, Departments of Biology and
Computer Science, The University of York, York, UK.
“The Evolution of Anti-predatory Defenses”
February 19th—Dr. Thomas Sherratt, Department of Biology, Carleton, Canada.
February 26th—Dr. Winslow Briggs, Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science.
“Wildfire in a Wilderness Park: Catastrophe or Blessing?”
Alumni Spotlight: Tristen Moors
Life After Santa Clara University
As a Biology major at Santa Santa Clara and headed to tions are a great way to try on
Clara University, now alumni pursue her Master‟s in Marine different job hats, gain experi-
Tristen Moors had specific Science, combining her pas- ence, and make connections
goals and plans for her future. sions for marine life and with people and companies that
With her degree in Biology, health care with jobs working may offer you full-time work
she recognized the many paths in Marine Labs. She after you graduate of
that she could travel after worked with injured after you‟ve com-
graduation and followed her and ill marine mam- pleted the intern-
interests whichever direct they mals and spent a lot ship”.
took her. I was able to inter- of time with veteri- By actively pursuing
view Tristen and find out narians, allowing her interests, Tristen
about the journey that has led her to see first hand has been able to try
her to where she is now and basic veterinary tech- many different ca-
how she has used her educa- niques and animal reers and fully realize
“Be open to new careers tion from Santa Clara in Biol- health care. At this the scope of her sci-
ogy in many ways. same time, Tristen ence degree. She
and career paths. If you was realistic in the
Currently, Tristen is working Tristen in Madagascar believes that the key
keep an open mind, you as a Clinical Research Man- fact that marine jobs with Sifaka Lemur to being successful
ager at Acclarent, a biodevice are extremely hard and happy in a ca-
can use your science skills company that creates devices to come by and reer is to keep an
to reach patients who have started to alter her plan to open mind and to be ready for
and knowledge in a zillion problems related to ear, nose, incorporate the new found opportunities that may come
and throat issues. Tristen is an interest she had in mammal- your way. Like she says, the job
different ways” ian health care. With all her
integral part of the sinus re- market is always evolving so it is
search group, primarily creat- experience with marine ani- essential to allow yourself to try
- Tristen Moors mals and learning marine vet- new things. She fully believes,
ing devices to target individu-
als with chronic sinusitis, erinary techniques and animal and has the experiences to
which is a disease that is be- health care, Tristen began to prove that “if you keep an open
coming more prevalent than see that “caring for humans mind, you can use your science
heart disease. Although this is wasn‟t all that different than skills and knowledge in a zillion
the field that she specializes in, caring for dolphins, whales different ways”. Although Tris-
the company has countless and manatees”. In fact, as she ten and many of her friends
applications for the uses of continues, its even easier since and colleagues in the science
their devices, making them on humans can speak to you! The programs at Santa Clara have
the cutting edge of new inno- common denominator of all gone different routes, she
vative medical advances. “being a science detective” in says “we are all scientists with a
these fields made her feel con- common goal—to help make
Tristen openly exclaims that
fident that she could branch people feel better—but approach
she loves her job but when
out and try different areas of the field from slightly different
asked if she would have seen
health care. perspectives and professions”.
Tristen visiting with the local herself here while she was in
college she admitted to saying However, Tristen did admit It is inspiring and exciting to
monkeys while in Ghana.
“no way!”. She had originally to hitting a few speed bumps see all the things that can be
completely ruled out any type along the way. She says done with a Biology Degree
of desk job but loves where “almost every job I wanted from Santa Clara University. I
she has landed. Because of this required more experience than am grateful to Tristen for allow-
she says “never say „never‟ or I had”. Because of this, she ing me to have insight into her
rule out opportunities that used her time and summers journey and thank her for her
might come your way…” during college wisely to pursue great advice.
internships. She offers great
The path that led Tristen - Emily Scroggs, 2011
advice by saying that
here shows how true that state-
“internships and summer posi-
ment is. Tristen graduated
Summer Internship Opportunity:
Health Career Connection
Health Career Connection other public heath careers. HCC offers ten-week full
(HCC) is offering a summer Students interested in be- time summer internships
internship program for un- coming physicians must also from mid-June through mid-
dergraduate students inter- have a strong interest in one August.
ested in healthcare careers. of the areas described above Applications must be sub-
HCC is an expansion of an and be willing to do an in- mitted or postmarked by
internship program that has ternship that is not clinically February 8, 2010. Please
made a difference in the focused. The HCC has a contact Jagjit Jain at
lives and careers of students strong focus on minority email@example.com
for over 20 years. The goal of students and an aim to in-
with any questions!
the internship and other crease the ethnic diversity of
affiliate programs is to pro- healthcare business leaders.
vide students with exposure, Students can apply by com-
experience and support to pleting the online applica-
choose and pursue careers in tion form found on the
healthcare management, HCC website:
health policy, community www.healthcareers.org.
health, health education and
Dr. Christopher Beatty and his National Geographic Society Grant
The Biology Depart- lifecycle of these species of the genetics of individu-
ment is pleased to recognize which consists of up to a als from several genera-
Dr. Beatty for being five year span of develop- tions and several habitats
awarded a grant from the ment from the larva stage of one of the eleven spe-
National Geographic Soci- to the adult stage and a cies of Petaluridae exist-
ety‟s Committee for Re- few week span of adult life. ing today. The dispersal
search and Exploration for Because of this unique activity of the species
his proposed project life cycle and the differ- will also be closely exam-
“Biogeography, Population ences in adult stages of the ined. This research will
Genetics and Conservation Petaluridae, individuals hopefully allow insight
in a Group of „Living Fos- from different generations into this unique family
sils‟: the Evolutionary Fate within the same habitat of dragonflies.
of the Petaltail Dragonflies are not likely to interbreed Congratulations Dr. Species of Petaluridae that the
(Odonata: Petaluridae)”. whereas individuals from Beatty, and we wish you research will be focused on,
This proposed project is different habitats (achieved the best of luck on this Tanypeteryx hageni, also known as
the Black Petaltail.
based on the unique charac- through larval distribution project.
teristics of the Dragonfly by adults) in the same gen-
family Petaluridae as well as eration may be able to in-
the surprising distribution terbreed.
of the species of Petaluridae Dr. Beatty‟s project
existing today. The habitats strives to answer questions
in which the Petaluridae about the population in
exist are characterized by this group through analysis
short summers leading to a
Department of Biology
Research Experience for Undergraduates:
Dauphin Island Sea Lab and NSF
Marine Science Fellowships
(May 17— August 6, 2010)
Offered for seven students in their junior and senior years who are interested in pursuing careers or graduate
studies in Marine Sciences—example: Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Environmental Sciences.
This fellowship is sponsored by the National Science Foundation
and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. It is a 12 week program that includes
basic field and laboratory research. Stipends of $3,000 dollars are of-
fered for the full-time program as well as a food allowance and on-
For more information and to find the application details, go to
Applications are due February 12, 2010
Harvard University: Harvard Forest
Research Program in Ecology
Harvard Forest is offering an exciting program for up to 30 undergraduate
students from institutions across the country to collaborate with scientists
conducting ecological research for 12 weeks during the summer of 2010.
Each student will participate in an on-going study with senior researchers
and will be responsible for field and laboratory studies, data analysis and sci-
entific writing. Students will also attend weekly seminars given by nationally
known scientists about their research and workshops on ethics and career
and graduate school planning. Students will develop their research results
and present their findings at a student research symposium at the end of the
Summer. Students will be paid a stipend of $5520 for the 12 week session.
Harvard Forest research focuses on the dynamics of forest ecosystems and their response to natural and hu-
man disturbances. Projects in the Summer of 2010 will focus on:
Invasive plants, Pests and Pathogens
Plant Biology, Population and Community Ecology
Large Ecosystem Experiments and Permanent Plot Studies
Conservation Biology and Biodiversity
Forest Ecosystem Response to Global Change
Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics
Reading and Conserving the New England Landscape
For more information on Research projects and application requirements visit:
Neuroscience Research Opportunity:
Minority Health and Health Disparities
International Research Training Program
The MHIRT Program provides international research training opportunities for qualified minority under-
graduate, graduate, and medical students underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research careers.
This program offers research sites in Brazil, Uganda, and Thailand, Students spend 10 weeks of the summer
at their designated site with research mentors. Students engage in research related to: biomedical science, behav-
ioral science, environmental science, carnivore conservation, and/or public health.
This is a paid internship and all expenses are paid by the program.
Applications are due Friday, January 29, 2010 at 5:00PM.
To apply and for more information visit: http://www.cbu.edu/mhirt/Application.htm
Biology Courses for Spring 2010
BIOL 5: Endangered Ecosystems L&L
BIOL 6: Oceans L&L
BIOL 23: Investigations in Ecology and Evolution L&L
BIOL 100: Hot Topics in Biology
BIOL 104: Human Anatomy L&L
BIOL 110: Genetics L&L
BIOL 114: Immunology L&L
BIOL 115: Human Reproduction and Development L&L
BIOL 121: Animal Physiology
BIOL 122: Neurobiology L&L
BIOL 131: Agroecology L&L
BIOL 135: Biofuels*
BIOL 136: Arctic Biology**
BIOL 140: Let Your Life Speak
BIOL 175: Molecular Biology L&L
*Counts for Technology in old core (or STS in the new core)
**Requires permission of instructor, Dr. Whittall