Mountain Research Station Class starting next week has seats available

Do you need EBIO 4000-level credits? Do you need an upper division EBIO lab? Do you want to enjoy learning in one of the coolest facilities around from a fantastic instructor? Vegetation Ecology (EBIO 4100, 3 credits) still has seats available. The course runs July 7th-24th, Mondays through Thursdays 8 am to 5 pm daily.  Registration fee ($1,450) includes room and board at the station. For more information, or to register, go to:

http://www.colorado.edu/mrs/vegetation-ecology

Follow the link on the right of the page to register

BioFrontiers Seminar Wednesday July 2nd

 

Jairam Vanamala, Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, at The Pennsylvania State University and Lavanya Reddivari, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Science at The Pennsylvania State University will be visiting campus Wednesday, July 2, 2014 to speak in a special BioFrontiers Seminar Series from 3:00-5:00P in the Butcher Auditorium JSCBB A115 on East Campus.  The title of their talk is “Challenges and opportunities in embracing the vision of the father of medicine”.

Abstract:

 

The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, the father of medicine, changed the course of history with his certainty that gods or spirits are not the reason for diseases but they were the result of natural action. Even though the medical profession embraced the Hippocratic Oath, which is still recited after 2500 years, his vision …“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” is not fully embraced. In this seminar, Drs. Vanamala and Reddivari will presentthe challenges and how current advancements in science and technology open opportunities for embracing Hippocrates’ insight on food and disease.  They use both in vitro and in vivo models, and ‘-omics’ approaches in conjunction with cellular and molecular techniques to determine the health benefits (e.g., anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties) of whole foods and nutraceuticals. They are also developing, with transdisciplinary collaborations, leading-edge techniques for evaluating the effect of food processing on nutritional and metabolic profiles. Their long-term research goals are to optimize the health profiles of food products and provide modern evidence for ancient wisdom on diet and disease.

 

Transportation options between East and Main campus are listed below:

 

Anyone with a valid Eco pass can ride the Stampede bus that runs between campuses.  The Stampede has been set up to run in a two way direction every 10 minutes. Bus stops for this line are located on 18th street and along Colorado Avenue. There are bus stops in front of JSCBB on the north and south side of Colorado Ave.

 

If coming by bicycle or by foot you can either take the Boulder Creek Path (just past 30th street you will come to where the path goes south to JSCBB) or travel east along Colorado Ave. If you bike in there are covered and uncovered bike carrels.  Bikes are not allowed in the building so be sure to bring your lock. If you prefer to drive there is metered parking located on the northwest side and the southeast side of JSCBB that takes credit cards or coin.

EBIO Global Seminar–Study Ecology and Evolution in the Galapagos Islands!

Study ecology and conservation in one of the most biologically diverse locations on the planet: the Galápagos Islands! Obtain hands-on experience in principles and practice of ecology and conservation biology. Hike, bike, kayak, and sail your way around the Galápagos Islands while studying ecology and conservation where Darwin developed his theory of evolution. See sea lions, tortoises, and array of birds and fish, and more while visiting volcanos, cloud forests and other unique & endangered ecosystems. Led by EBIO professor Andy Martin, earn 3 EBIO credits with course hours in the fall and then on-site next winter break. This course will count toward EBIO lab credit and/or will count towards the 6 hours of 4000-level EBIO courses needed for your major. For more information, visit: http://studyabroad.colorado.edu/?go=GalapagosGS. Applications are due July 1st! Email Michal Greenberg (Michal.greenberg@colorado.edu) to learn more or to start an application!

Tutors needed for EBIO 3400 Microbiology this summer

Student Academic Success Center (SASC) is looking for EBIO 3400 tutors for this summer and beyond. Contact them for information and pay rates at (303) 492-1416 or tutors@colorado.edu.

Phone Scam Targeting International Students/Scholars

International students/scholars should be aware of a telephone scam targeting people on temporary visas (F1, J1, H1b, etc.) using  ‘caller ID spoofing” to make it appear that the call is really coming from a government agency (USCIS, Department of Homeland Security).

We have heard from at least 2 students/scholars from the CU Boulder community that have gotten these scam phone calls. While the story has variations, there are a few common things about the scam:

1.            The caller pretends to be from the government (USCIS, Department of Homeland Security in both cases)
2.            The caller knows just enough about the you (name, what kind of visa status you have, maybe even your address in home country or USA, etc.) to make you think this is really someone from the government
3.            They claim that something is wrong with your immigration file/record
4.            In order to ‘fix’ the problem, they tell you that you have to buy a ticket back home within 24 hours (or a relatively short time)
5.            They tell you that if you don’t want to leave the US, you must pay a fee (usually a few thousand dollars), either by wire transfer (Western Union) or some kind of cash card to them
6.            They will unlikely want to answer any questions (their name, phone number etc.), but instead pressure you to pay up and they will threaten to call the police/start deportation procedures

If you get a call like this, be suspicious and very careful. Hang up if they keep threatening you.
•             DO NOT AGREE TO PAY ANY “FEES”
•             DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY PERSONAL/CREDIT CARD/IMMIGRATION INFORMATION TO THE CALLER
•             DO get in touch with ISSS so we can check on your record.

USCIS never asks for any form of payment or personal information over the phone. Do not give payment or personal information over the phone to anyone who claims to be a USCIS official. In general, you should protect your personal information and not provide details about your immigration application in any public area.

If you have been a victim of this telephone scam, please report it to the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/, or report it to an appropriate state authority http://www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams/report-immigration-scams. (Visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams for information on where to report scams in your state.)

CU Boulder Medical Scholars Program Application Open

We are pleased to announce that the Medical Scholars Program, a collaboration between CU Boulder and CU School of Medicine, will be accepting applications in summer of 2014. After reading the website at http://advising.colorado.edu/prehealth/medical scholars, if you have questions you may contact: Dr. Penelope Bennett, penny.bennett@colorado.edu.

The Medical Scholars program at CU Boulder is designed for students completing their second year of college (usually sophomores, but may have junior standing due to AP or IB credits), who have demonstrated a high level of success in their academic coursework and are keenly interested in attending the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Provided all the requirements are met, selected students will matriculate into the School of Medicine at the end of their senior year or one year later.

Students selected for the Medical Scholars program will participate in a curriculum designed to enhance their growth toward being a leader in a future medical school class. This very small (4-7 students per year) cohort of students will also be given significant opportunities to interact with the Faculty at the School of Medicine to determine if there is a good “fit” between the student and the school.

To request the preliminary application, please contact Dr. Bennett at penny.bennett@colorado.edu.

SOCY 4052-200: Social Inequalities in Health–Seats available for summer B session

SOCY 4052-200: Social Inequalities in Health – Seats Available Mon-Fri 11:00AM-12:35PM Professor Jen’Nan Ghazal Read (Duke University)*

07/08/2014 – 08/08/2014

ECON 205

 

Focuses on social inequalities in health in both U.S.and international contexts.

Reviews the link between health status and various types of social statuses, including but not limited to socioeconomic status, gender, race, and ethnicity.

Explanations for the relationships between these factors and various health outcomes are discussed. The class focuses on multiple levels of analysis, from the physician-patient interactions to health care systems and social policies.

Students have the opportunity to develop their own specific research interests in this field.

 

*Dr. Read is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Health at Duke.

She is currently on leave to serve as the Assistant Executive Director for Health Services Research at Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar. She is a Carnegie scholar and leading expert on Arabs and Muslims in the west. She is widely published and has appeared on numerous national and international television shows.

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