Know-a-BULL News
Week of 08/13/2013 - Issue # 277

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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 8/20/2013 Freshmen Orientation
 8/21/2013 CS_INFO_SESSION
 8/23/2013 Honors LLC Welcome Back Lunch
 8/23/2013 Provost''s Scholars Luncheon
 8/25/2013 RA Floor Meetings
 9/3/2013 Cooking w/ Cayla
 9/4/2013 Provost Scholar Meet and Greet
 9/5/2013 HCSC First General Body Meeting
 9/6/2013 Honors College Freshmen Convocation
 9/8/2013 HCSC Fall Picnic
* "Freshpeople 5 Events"

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Honors College

Dean's Update:

    1.     If you are beginning your Thesis in the fall and don't have a clue, we have a workshop series designed for you.  The goals are to have you define a topic, find a mentor and complete a prospectus. 

    The series will be held each Friday, August 30 - October 18, from 9-9:50 in the Honors College.  You must commit to attend all 8 sessions.

    Reserve your space by emailing me.


    2.     Our Musical groups are back for the fall and here are the days and times for each group.  PLEASE take advantage and join one of them (or 2 or 3).  This is a no pressure program meant to be fun.  Please let me know which group(s) you will join and whether you wish to get 1 credit.

    Jazz    M  5:15pm - 6:30pm          MUS116

    Choir   W  5:15pm - 6:30pm          MUS119

    Orchestra R 5:00pm - 6:00pm      MUS140


  • Virtual Academic Advising

    Ms. Sturrock is currently available for virtual academic advising through Skype: you may contact her through the usf_honorscollege account or by calling 813-964-7605. Virtual advising will typically be available from 9am-4pm (on Tuesdays, she will be available from 10am-4pm). You can also schedule a phone or Skype appointment by emailing Ms. Sturrock at A designated virtual advising work station will also be available in the Honors College advising suite.      


  • Great Opportunity for YOU


    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

    Jia-Wang Wang, PhD.
    Assistant Professor
    of Medicine & Pediatrics
    VA Medical Center  & University of South Florida
    Department of Internal Medicine,
    Division of Allergy & Immunology


  • 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.

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O.N.S. - Office of National Scholarships

  • New! - NSF Graduate Fellowships

    Going to graduate school next year in social sciences or a STEM field including STEM education? Rising Senior? US Citizen? Consider applying for an NSF Graduate fellowship. Deadlines: Application Deadline(s) (received by 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time):

         November 04, 2013

          Engineering Computer and Information Science and Engineering Materials Research

         November 05, 2013

          Mathematical Sciences Chemistry Physics and Astronomy

         November 07, 2013

         Social Sciences Psychology STEM Education and Learning

         November 08, 2013

          Life Sciences Geosciences


    Link: http://:

  • ONS Open House on August 28th

    Are you a leader with big ideas for the future? Do you want to change the world? Come learn more about the Office of National Scholarships and the national merit scholarship opportunities to help you achieve your dreams and future career goals. You will also have an opportunity to meet past national scholarship winners! The Open House will be held from 1:00 - 3:00 pm in ALN 271. 

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

  • Save Lives Join Animal House

    Animal House is USF's ONLY student organization made up of animal lovers committed to bettering the welfare of the animal community! Our mission is to spread awareness about a number of animal-related issues plaguing the community, some of which are: - homeless pet population - shelter overcrowding - rate of euthanasia - animal cruelty - irresponsible pet ownership.  Through volunteering, fundraising, and educating the public, Animal House hopes to help the surrounding Tampa Bay community eradicate these problems. This year, our main goal is to help Hillsborough County Animal Services lower their rate of euthanasia and raise their number of adopted animals. They are putting down over 1,200 cats and dogs every month! If you're a true animal lover, join us in our fight to save the lives of HCAS's animals!

    Link: Animal House Facebook Page

  • Graduate Education Programs A Business Resource

    A new project is a comprehensive and informative resource that systematically sorts out all the available business programs available in the U.S. This information is very valuable to students today who are not only dealing with the competitive nature of higher education, but also the rising costs of it.

    For further questions or details, please contact Victoria Baker at

    Link: Graduate Education Programs

  • 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

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