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November 23 , 2009
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In this issue:

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Internships
  • A Cell Phone on Your Hip Weakens Your Bones
  • Patuxent Research Refuge Internships

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U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Scholarships and Summer Internships
Undergraduates, Graduate Students, and Facult

DHS Scholarship Program

  • Undergraduate students
  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Funding available for fall 2010
  • Full tuition and monthly stipends
  • Includes 10-week summer internships at federal research facilities or DHS Centers of Excellence
  • Application Deadline: January 5, 2010

DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program

  • Undergraduate students
  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Funding available for summer 2010
  • 10-sweek summer research experiences at federal research facilities
  • $500 weekly stipends plus transportation expenses to/from the internship location
  • Application Deadline: January 5, 2010

DHS Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions

  • Early career faculty teamed with undergraduate and graduate students
  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Funding available for summer 2010
  • 10-week summer research experiences at DHS Centers of Excellence
  • Stipends plus transportation expenses to/from the internship location for faculty and students
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2010

Questions regarding DHS Education Programs can be sent via e-mail to

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A Cell Phone on Your Hip Weakens Your Bones

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery

Research suggests that wearing a cell phone on your hip may weaken an area of your pelvis. Using an X-ray technique used in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with osteoporosis, researchers measured pelvic bone density in 150 men who regularly carried their cell phones attached to their belts.

The men carried their phones for an average of 15 hours each day; they had used cell phones for an average of six years.

The researchers found that bone mineral density was lowered on the side of the pelvis where the mobile phones were carried. The findings raise the possibility that bone density could be adversely affected by electromagnetic fields emitted by cell phones.

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Interested in Internships at Patuxent Research Refuge?

Want to make a difference in a wild setting this spring? Then look no further than the Environmental Education/Interpretation Internship at Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland. We are currently looking for motivated and enthusiastic individuals to teach others about wildlife through:

  • Developing and conducting creative nature programs
  • Leading Wildlife conservation tram tours
  • Conducting puppet shows
  • Working with Scout and school groups
  • Operating the Visitor Center

Current dates for internships are February 16 - May 22, 2010 (and are flexible to change). Internships are FULL-TIME positions. Interns are provided a subsistence allowance of $195 per week and dormitory housing may be available. Applicants should possess or be pursing a degree in natural resources, biology or an education-related field.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references with phone numbers by December 14, 2009 to:

Amy Shoop/Michelle Donian
Patuxent Research Refuge
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708-4027
301-497-5765 (fax) or

Biology Internships at Patuxent Research Refuge are coordinated by Refuge Biologist, Chris Wicker. If you are interested in a Biology Internship, please contact

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