Know-a-BULL News
Week of 07/17/2012 - Issue # 223

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

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 7/20/2012 Honors Orientation
 7/24/2012 Honors Orientation
 7/27/2012 Honors Orientation
 7/31/2012 Honors Orientation
 8/3/2012 Summer B: Last Day of Classes
 8/3/2012 Summer Honors Commencement
 8/4/2012 Summer Commencement
 8/21/2012 Honors Orientation
 8/22/2012 Honors LLC Welcome Back Luau
 8/27/2012 Fall 2012: First Day of Classes
* "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 

  • Research Assistantships

    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

  • Research Position at Moffitt Cancer Center

    Moffitt has an entry level research position open in Health Outcomes and Behavior. Experience in clinical research is preferred and the position requires a commitment of at least 15 hours/week.

    Interested Honors College students should apply at req #9197 or email  

  • USF College of Pharmacy Announcement

    See the full article on the Health Professions Advising blog.

    Link: Message from the Dean of the College of Pharmacy

  • 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

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