Science Newsletter

November 27, 2006
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Science Quotes
of the Week

"The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program."
— Larry Niven.



"I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops."
— Stephen Jay Gould.



"The human race likes to give itself airs. One good volcano can produce more greenhouse gases in a year than the human race has in its entire history."
— Ray Bradbury.



In this issue:

  • WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUMMER?
  • SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM IN MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOSCIENCES


WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUMMER?

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience research in the planetary sciences. As a summer intern, you will work one-on-one with a scientist either at the LPI or NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in planetary science. The Summer Intern Program allows participants to experience a real research environment, to learn from top-notch planetary scientists, and to preview careers in science research.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2007

Program Details--

  • 10-week program runs from June 4, 2007 to August 10, 2007
  • $3500.00 stipend plus housing
  • $1000.00 travel expense reimbursement

Areas of Research--

  • Lunar Sample Analysis
  • Planetary Remote Sensing and Spectroscopy
  • Impact Studies
  • Planetary Geology
  • Geophysical Data Analysis and Modeling
  • Astrobiology
  • Physics and Chemistry of Planetary Atmospheres
  • Meteorites and Other Astomaterials
  • Image Processing
  • Interplanetary Dust and Presolar Grains

Application Requirements--

  1. Electronic application
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Official college transcript

Applications are only accepted using the electronic application form found at the LPI's Summer Intern Program Web site:

www.lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern

For more information contact:

Jodi Jordan
LPI Summer Intern Program
Phone: 281-486-2180 Fax: 281-486-2127
E-mail: jordan@lpi.usra.edu



SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM IN MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOSCIENCES

Undergraduate Science and Math majors are invited to apply for a research program held each summer at the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health in Albany, New York.

The Program

Students selected into this program will do basic research for 10 weeks at the Wadsworth Center, the biomedical and environmental science institute of the New York State Department of Health. The Wadsworth Center is unique among public health laboratories for its state-of-the-art facilities and the scope of its research programs. Participating scientists are also faculty of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, a graduate program within the University of Albany's School of Public Health.

Students will directly participate in research on:

  • Microscopy and computer image analysis of cells and macromolecules
  • Gene expression and regulation
  • Transposable genetic elements
  • Protein biochemistry and structural analysis
  • Neurobiology and neurotoxicology
  • Viral mechanisms and mechanisms of immunity

In addition to their research experience, students participate in workshops on research topics of interest, ethics, and graduate school/career options. At the end of the program, students submit a written report and orally present their research in a symposium.

Financial Support

The program provides a stipend of $3,400, full support for travel, housing, and a food allowance. Students are housed in a local college dormitory.

Eligibility

Applicants are sought who are majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science, who will complete their second or third year of study next spring, and who are interested in attending graduate school in the biological sciences, with the goal of pursuing a research career. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 1, 2007.

Interested students should submit an on-line application at: www.wadsworth.org/educate/molecul.htm. A resume, official copies of college transcripts, letters of recommendation from two faculty members, and a one-page statement describing why the student wants to participate in this program and their field of interest should be submitted directly to the following address:

Department of Biomedical Sciences
Wadsworth Center, C-236
Empire State Plaza, Box 509
Albany, New York 12201-0509

Questions: reu@wadsworth.org or (518) 473-7553