Know-a-BULL News
Week of 06/26/2012 - Issue # 220



Here is your weekly copy of Know-a-BULL News. Please read this issue to keep up-to-date with all the exciting events and news from the USF Honors College and the Office of National Scholarships.

At a Glance

Upcoming Events

RSS Feed Upcoming Events
 7/4/2012 USF Closed: 4th of July
 8/3/2012 Summer B: Last Day of Classes
 8/3/2012 Summer Honors Commencement
 8/4/2012 Summer Commencement
 8/27/2012 Fall 2012: First Day of Classes
 9/4/2012 Cooking With Cayla - Session 1
 10/3/2012 Cooking with Cayla - Session 2
 11/3/2012 Cooking with Cayla - Session 3
 12/7/2012 Fall: Last day of Classes
 1/14/2013 Cooking with Cayla - Session 4
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    The Honors College is pleased to offer a special opportunity for those students intending to graduate in Spring 2013 or Summer 2013 as part of IDH 5975. The primary goal of the course is to assist students in the preparation of a completed prospectus, including a thesis director, by October 12, 2012. The course is open to all students in their first semester of thesis work (Fall 2012), with a particular emphasis on students who are not yet sure of the the direction of their work or how to develop a prospectus.


    The course will have limited enrollment on a first-come, first-served basis. It will meet on Friday mornings for 1 1/2 hour sessions through October 19, 2012 and will be led by two senior professors experienced in mentoring Honors Thesis students. One hundred percent of students who moved through an experimental model of this program and were surveyed recommended the course as a "must."


    If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact me at Silverman@honors.usf.edu 



  • Potential Thesis Topics with Dr. Wang

    My lab is just getting started and I would like to add a couple of Honors College student volunteers who want to spend one year in the lab for their theses.

    Here are two potential topics.

    "MicroRNAs (miRs) are ~22 nucleotides long non-coding RNAs that inhibit mRNA translation by the base pairing rule at the accuracy of one base. So far 2154 human mature miRs are discovered. As each miR may regulate hundreds of genes, and each gene may be regulated by multiple miRs, it is believed that most human genes and the entire spectrum of biological pathways are tightly and delicately controlled by the miRNome. Deregulation of miRs may contribute to various diseases.


    We have been working on inflammation regulators responsive to lipopolysaccharides (LPS) stimulation. Currently, we are interested in studying the mechanism underlying miR regulations of the immunity and developing miR biomarkers and therapeutics for inflammatory diseases such as asthma using cell culture and mouse models"


    Jia-Wang Wang, PhD, jwang@health.usf.edu


  • Research Assistantship for a Science or Pre Med Major

    The USF/Division of Allergy and Immunology would like to offer two volunteer Research Assistant positions to those highly motivated Honors College Students who would like to become a top biomedical scientist to advance the science of the field of allergy and immunology and would like to volunteer on weekends. The Division is one of the best principal training and research programs throughout the United States and the world, providing state-of-the-art learning experience in the field of allergy and immunology. The research interest in the lab is described as follows: "MicroRNAs (miRs) are ~22 nucleotides long non-coding RNAs that inhibit mRNA translation by the base pairing rule at the accuracy of one base. So far over two thousands of human mature miRs are discovered. As each miR may regulate hundreds of genes, and each gene may be regulated by multiple miRs, it is believed that most human genes and the entire spectrum of biological pathways are tightly and delicately controlled by the miRNome. Deregulation of miRs may contribute to various diseases. We have been working on inflammation regulators responsive to lipopolysaccharides (LPS) stimulation (Science. 2002 15295(5562):2094-7, J Immunol. 2001 Apr 1166(7):4586-95, Oncogene. 2004 May 2023(23):4089-97). We found that SH2-containing inositol phosphatase (SHIP) plays an important role in two processes that limit the success of allogeneic marrow transplantation: graft rejection and graft-versus-host disease using Cre/loxP conditional knockout mouse models. We discovered a novel gene: LPS-responsive beige-like anchor (LRBA). Single gene mutations of this gene cause immune deficiency and autoimmunity in human. Currently, we are interested in studying the mechanism underlying miR regulations of the immunity and developing miR biomarkers and therapeutics for inflammatory diseases such as asthma using cell culture and mouse models"  If interested, please send resume to jwang@health.usf.edu .


  • Where are our Creative Writers??

    Are you looking for ways to make the best of your college experience? If you enjoy writing, then the Creative Writers Club at USF might be right for you.


    The Creative Writers Club at USF is entering its third year as a student organization.


    The club is looking for fresh leadership to take charge and head new projects and sessions in the 2012-2013 school year. This organization aims to provide an open forum for creative writers to share, learn, and associate through workshops, guest speakers, and socials events.


    If you have questions or are interested in getting involved before coming to campus in August, please contact Mr. Lucien at lucien@honors.usf.edu .


  • Professor Renner's IDH3400 course Forums for a Future will become available this Fall as a free public course on USF iTunes University

    Here is a zero credit course about the world you will inherit.  The course is on the political, economic, social and psychological constraints required for living sustainably and peacefully on a crowded planet.  We hope that interested folks from around the world will sign up.  I would like you and your friends and family to consider being a part of history and being the first to take this course. 


    He has published a brief book previewing the contents of the course and inviting free public registration for the Fall Semester. An interactive copy of the book for an iPad can be downloaded free from the iTunes Book Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/invitation-to-forums-for-future/id533089665?mt=11


     A static (non-interactive) PDF copy is available at: https://learn.usf.edu/bbcswebdav/users/kerenner/Invitation%20to%20Forums%20for%20a%20Future.pdf


    Link: Register Here

  • Thesis Topics for You

    We have a mentor who is interested in supervising theses in the following areas:


    1. Bullying - stats, effects, potential solutions.  Examining this behavior in our society with a view to reducing, avoiding, eliminating it.


    2. The Women's Movement (Feminism) - Investigatig this topic from a historical view (is this the second or third wave?), its current status and young women's views of feminism.


    3. Teaching as a profession - Looking at the characteristics of a profession from a variety of definitions as well as the current state of the teaching in America.


    4. Poverty in America?  Cannot be!


    Contact Dean Silverman if you are interested in any of the topics.


     


  • Attention Future Dentists

    The deadline for the Beltran Brothers Honors College Endowed Dental Scholarship has been extended until August 25, 2012. 

     Preference will be given but not limited to the following:

    • Currently enrolled Junior or Senior with pre-dental school course of study
    • Full-time Honors College Student on the Tampa campus
    • Have taken the Dental Assessment Test and scored 20 or above
    • Bi-lingual in English and Spanish 

     Interested candidates should contact Ms. Lanier at cclanier@honors.usf.edu


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Student Submissions

  • Career Peers Job Opportunity

    Title: Career Peer

     

    Pay: $10/hr and about 10 hours/wk

     

    Duties:  

    • Represent the Career Center through showcase of services at various campus events
    • Promote Career Center Initiatives around campus and to student organizations
    • Conduct Career Center workshops for student organizations and classes
    • Provide information on occupational exploration, decision making and job search processes
    • Critique resumes and cover letters
    • Participate in Career Center events such as the Networking Fair, Public Service Fair, Part-time Job Fairs
    • Attend schedule trainings and team meetings

     Minimum Qualifications:

    • Must be full time degree seeking student at USF in good academic standing
    • Undergrads must have at least 2.5 GPA
    • Grad students must have at least 3.0 GPA
    • Good oral and written communication skills
    • Strong customer service focus

     Preferred Qualifications:

    • Coursework in human services, counselor education, psychology, social work, rehabilitation counseling, social work or related fields
    • Completion of Career Development Course at USF or other college
    • College leadership experience in a peer-to-peer program

     Additional Information

    • Work schedule will vary schedule may vary on short notice depending on presentation demands
    • Some weekend and evening hours may be expected

     How to Apply: Carefully complete the temporary student employment application.  Careers@USF at employment.usf.edu


  • Grocery Manufacturers Representatives Endowed Scholarship GMR

    • Must generate an E-Portfolio for display on the Honors College website
    • Business major interested in the field of consumer packaged goods/food industry
    • Full-time Junior or Senior
    • Continuing or transfer student
    • $2,000 ($1,000 for Fall 2012 and $1,000 for Spring 2013)
    • Minimum GPA 3.3
    • Recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, participation in school and community activities and work experience.
    • Special Requirements: Submit an essay explaining your career plans, financial need, etc. in no more than 250 words to Ms. Lanier at cclanier@honors.usf.edu by June 22, 2012
    • Must attend a minimum of one GMR event.


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