Know-a-BULL News
Week of 07/23/2013 - Issue # 274

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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 7/26/2013 Freshmen Orientation
 7/30/2013 Freshmen Orientation
 8/2/2013 Freshmen Orientation
 8/9/2013 Honors College Summer Commencement Ceremony
 8/20/2013 Freshmen Orientation
 8/21/2013 CS_INFO_SESSION
 8/23/2013 Honors LLC Welcome Back Lunch
 8/25/2013 RA Floor Meetings
 9/3/2013 Cooking w/ Cayla
 9/4/2013 Provost Scholar Meet and Greet
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

  • New! - IDH 3100 sections for Continuing Students

    There are 3 sections of IDH 3100 available for Continuing (non-incoming Freshmen) students. The sections are 030, 031 and 032. You can read about the topics and times under Course Descriptions on the Honors website. If you would like to be in one of these sections, please fill out a permit request on the Honors website, designate which section you would like and Ms. Field will register you for the section.

  • Honors College Graduation Certification Form

    The Honors College Graduation Certification Form is now open for those graduating this Summer. The form can be found here: If you are graduating this summer and you cannot access this form, please contact Kelly Brabant at

    Link: Honors Graduation Certification Form

  • Thesis Opportunities

    This note is from Dr. Bryant in the Psychology Department

    I have a couple ideas for potential honors theses and would love to work with two great students who could conduct them.  Could you please alert students who are seeking projects and mentors?  Thanks.

    1.  Undergraduates' perceptions of whether to intervene when they observe cheating in their classes.  As part of another study, I have oral responses from 125 participants discussing a hypothetical scenario involving observed cheating.  These could be coded and analyzed using existing theory about academic dishonesty and ethical development.

    2.  The effects of cats' and dogs' breed, size, and color on perceptions of potential adopters.  Every Halloween claims are made about the adoption of black cats and dogs.  Prior research involves analyses of adoption records from rescue facilities and some poorly designed experiments.  I think a solid experiment could be combined with a longitudinal descriptive study of records.


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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

ONS has information on a wide variety of Scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. Please check the ONS website and speak with Dr. Lucas or Ms. Schumacher.

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Student Submissions

  • New! - Honor College Student Volunteers

    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

  • New! - Data Collector Position

    We are currently looking to hire a data collector for year 2 of our research project. The research is being conducted within preschool ESE classrooms in Hillsborough County.  They should be interested in research and early education. The hours will range from 20-30 hours a week and the pay is $11 per hour. They need to be committed to the position from August to May 2014.  Candidates must have at least 4 mornings a week available for data collection and  have reliable transportation (we reimburse mileage). We begin training August 1st so we are desperate to fill the remaining open position.

    Please spread the word and let anyone you know who might be interested. They should apply through USF using the link provided in the flyer and send me an email about their interest to . Thank you for your help!

    To apply:

    Link: Online Application

  • New! - Creative Writers' Club

    Do you enjoy writing? Are you looking for a place to interact with fellow writers? If so, join USF's Creative Writers' Club! We are currently looking for new members and leaders. Applications for the positions of Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Editor are now open. If you are interested, send your resume to by August 1st. For more information, check out our blog at


  • New! - Exciting Opportunity

    Looking for three students working towards a bachelors degree in Mass Communications or experience with multimedia production to help design, develop, and produce a podcast. The show will highlight activates in the Honors LLC and the Honors College. 

    Responsibilities Include

    • Assisting with pre-interviews and storyboards
    • Conducting full interviews, including audio/video recording
    • Editing audio and video content into podcasts
    • Assisting with tagging and uploading podcast


    • Experience with multimedia production
    • Ability to think creatively 
    • Must have good communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
    • Should have strong organizational skills

    To apply for this opportunity, please email 

     Status: Recruiting Now


    Cool off in between classes and enjoy a complimentary water bottle and snack. While you are here, you can learn more about Accounting Society, an organization open to all USF students that introduces opportunities in the accounting field. Event Dates: 08/27/2013, 08/28/2013, 08/29/2013 Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Event Location: BSN Breezeway

  • Join MSDNUSF Facebook Group

    Welcome to the MSDN@USF Facebook group. Discover your inner-geek: All the latest student developer news. We meet on Wednesdays at 5:30PM in room ENB 313. If anyone wants more information please click the link below. This organization is open to all majors!

    Link: Join MSDN USF Group

  • Volunteers Needed for StudentLed Thesis Project

    An Honors student conducting EEG research is seeking volunteers willing to fall asleep while having their EEG signal recorded. Prospective participants looking for more information may contact the study investigator Michael Del Valle at

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