Friday, December 28, 2012

Summer Student Internships in Clinical Labs at Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic has contacted the Chemistry Department about opportunities for summer student internships in the clinical lab setting in 2013. Students will be able to start applying electronically on January 1, 2013. Students can find out more about job duties, salary, lab descriptions etc. at Apply to the Summer Lab Science Program (which is different than Summer Employment).  
Students must have ALL required documents (i.e. unofficial transcripts, resume, letters of recommendation, etc.) attached at the time of application. If something is missing, the application should be saved as a draft. If the application is submitted and not complete, it will automatically be rejected.
This is a very competitive, 10 week program that starts the first week in June and goes to the end of August. The application deadline is February 28, 2013.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

MN Green Chemistry Conference - Jan 25, 2013

Minnesota Green Chemistry 2013: Beakers to Business Plans 

Friday, January 25, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
University of Minnesota Carlson School
Click here for more information and to register

This day-long conference will include keynotes, panels and breakout sessions. Morning sessions will focus on research, technology, work force and labor issues, and academic partnerships. The focus of the afternoon will be business success stories, and the “nuts and bolts” of implementing green chemistry for either start-ups or established companies.
Dr. Paul Anastas of Yale University, one of the “fathers of green chemistry,” and Jim Hobbs, Vice President of Business Development at BioAmber, will present the keynotes. A detailed agenda can be viewed online

The Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum is convened by:

Monday, December 3, 2012

Invitation to Biology Seminar

Protecting Your Proteome: the Upside of Folding Under Stress

Monday December 3rd, RNS 410, 4:00

Kevin Strange
Zoology and Physiology
Mountain Desert Island
Biological Lab

Maintenance of the conformation, concentration, interactions, localization, and hence function of cytoplasmic proteins is termed protein homeostasis or “proteostasis”. Proteostasis is maintained by the tightly integrated and balanced activities of gene transcription, RNA metabolism and protein synthesis, folding, assembly, trafficking, disassembly and degradation.  Because protein structure is inherently unstable and can be readily disrupted by gene mutations and cellular stresses, cells “live on the edge of a proteostasis catastrophe”.  My laboratory uses the nematode worm C. elegans to understand how cells cope with environmental stress. This seminar will describe how one cellular stress, dehydration, damages proteins and how cells recover and protect themselves from this

2013 NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP)

2013 NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP)
June 9 - August 2, 2013

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated junior and senior undergraduates to apply for participation in the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2013).  SARP provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. 

Participants will fly onboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft where they will assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands.  Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites.  Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes.  Each student will develop his/her own individual research project.  Many students have gone on to present their results at conferences such as AGU, AMS, and ASLO.

Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will take place at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility, in Palmdale, CA.  Post-flight data analysis and interpretation will take place at the University of California, Irvine.  Applicants must have a strong academic background in any of the physical, chemical, or biological sciences, or engineering and an interest in applying their background to the study of the Earth system.  We especially encourage applications from students majoring in Earth, environmental or atmospheric sciences and related disciplines.

SARP participants will receive round-trip travel to California, housing and transportation during the 8-week program, a $3000 stipend and a $2500 meals allowance.

The deadline for all applications is Feb. 8, 2013.
Applicants must be US citizens currently enrolled in a four-year college or university. 

For more information and to download the program application, visit:
To watch a video about the program, visit

Specific questions about the program should be directed to