March 16, 2016


Congratulations Rebecca!

Bio 230 alum, graduating SFSU Biology major, and Domingo Lab member Rebecca Blandino has been accepted and will attend UC Davis next fall to pursue her PhD in the BMCDB- Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Program.

Congratulations Bridget!

Undergraduate Microbiology major Bridget Hansen was accepted into the University of California, Berkeley Ph.D. in Microbiology program.  Congratulations Bridget!


Congratulations John Rodriguez!

SEPAL’s MS Physiology graduate student, John Rodriguez has been selected to represent SFSU at the state-level competition for the area of “Education.”

This is an amazing accomplishment, he will compete at the CSU level on April 29-30, 2016, at CSU Bakersfield.


Congratulations Nicholas Silva!

Nicholas Silva (MS Physiology and Behavioral Biology 2012) is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan.  He will teach a summer neuroscience course at the Center for Talented Youth Program at Dickinson College.


Congratulations Stephen Kielar!

SEPAL MS in Marine Biology alumnus Stephen Kielar was just hired for

Assistant Scientist

Sea Education Association (SEA)

Summer Semester: Historic Seaports of Western Europe

Route: Cork, Ireland – Brest, France – Lisbon, Portugal – Cadiz, Spain

Course Description:

Explore impacts of European maritime ventures on the societies they contacted in the Atlantic or Pacific, with focus on the resulting social, political, economic, and cultural changes. Investigate responses documented in the post-Colonial literature of indigenous people.


Congratulations Tatiane Russo-Tait!

Tatiane Russo-Tait (MS Cell & Molecular Biology 2011) received a prestigious University of Texas, Austin Dean’s Scholars Fellowship.


Congratulations Lauren Fletcher!

SFSU alumni Lauren Fletcher major was Biology with a physiology emphasis, graduated May 2015 has been accepted to the DOE SULI Internship Program! For the next six months, she will be conducting exciting research as an intern at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA.


Congratulations Justine Ramon!

Undergraduate Cell & Molecular Biology major Justine Ramos was accepted into UCLA’s summer Program for Undergraduate Research:  Life and Biomedical Science.

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CHARLOTTE CHESNEY (BS Zoology 2015) is a Ventana Wildlife Society Condor Intern

She held a position in Yellowstone which ran for the migration season (September-October).  And is now a Condor Intern with the Ventana Wildlife Society in San Simeon where she observes captive condors, tracks free-flying condors, and feeds both captive and free-flying condors.  She will also be assisting in handling, attaching transmitters, and releasing the captive birds later in the spring/summer.

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SEPAL Publications and Exciting News!

Professors of Biology Laura Burrus and Kimberly Tanner, along with members of the research group SEPAL (Science Education Partnership and Assessment Lab), co-authored the research publication “Beyond the Biology: A Systematic Investigation of Noncontent Instructor Talk in an Introductory Biology Course,” which was published Dec. 1 by CBE: Life Sciences Education. The publication defined a new construct termed “Instructor Talk,” which may be a key mechanism for effectively implementing active learning and may contribute to minimizing student resistance and stereotype threat while building instructor immediacy. Tanner and her SEPAL colleagues have authored four of the top 10 most-read articles in CBE: Life Sciences Education during 2015, laying claim to the top three articles and a total of more than 51,000 downloads.

Also, Tanner was selected as a PULSE Fellow. PULSE (Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education) is a national group of fellows and community members who work to foster life science department transformation by developing strategies to incorporate the recommendations of the 2011 national report, “Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action.” Information about the work accomplished by the PULSE fellows and community can be found at

She was also invited to be on the faculty of the Sixth Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Sciences in Buenos Aires in March 2016. The gathering seeks to foster a new generation of rigorous researchers with broad knowledge in neuroscience and the ability to operate at the interface between education and science.

Tanner was invited to give the keynote presentation at the 2016 Teaching Professor Conference in Washington, D. C., in June 2016, as well.

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