Undergraduate Research in Cancer Biology | Spring 2015

Dr Sumitra Deb is looking for one or more students for an independent study for the Spring 2015 semester.

To find out more about the research his lab does, you can check out their website at  http://www.people.vcu.edu/~sdeb/.

Interested students should apply by email to Dr Deb’s graduate student Catherine Vaughan vaughanca@vcu.edu
Please include your CV/Resume and be sure to tell us the following information:
– your general work experience
– your lab experiences
– your GPA.
If you know your class schedule for the next semester, providing that would also be very helpful (or at least your hours of availability) We’re on the MCV campus in the Massey Cancer Center so please consider that when thinking about your commute.
To those interested: this is a unique and amazing experience that will provide you with a lot more than a mark on your resume. If you have any questions about the position, please don’t hesitate to email Catherine Vaughan ( vaughanca@vcu.edu).
Thank you,

Sumitra Deb, Ph.D.
Microbiology & Immunology
Medical College of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Member, Massey Cancer Center
Goodwin Research Laboratory, Room 384
401 College Street
Richmond, Virginia 23298

Phone 804-827-1375
Fax 804-827-1427
Web Site: http://www.people.vcu.edu/~sdeb/

Paid Undergraduate Field Research Opportunity

Paid Undergraduate Field Research Opportunity

Drs. Lesley Bulluck (BIOL and CES) and Suzanne Robertson (MAT) are working with several colleagues to develop a model of West Nile Virus Transmission. Important empirical data for the exact timing of host nesting and host-vector (i.e., bird-mosquito) interactions are needed. Two field researchers will work together from March through July to (1) find American Robin nests in and around Richmond using behavioral observations as well as a Thermal Imaging camera and (2) deploy HD cameras on the nest to observe mosquito feeding rates and anti-mosquito behaviors. Preferred applicants will have some field work experience (especially animal observation) and/or a strong interest in helping with data analysis and preparation of a peer reviewed publication. Interested students please send a letter of interest and contact information for 2-3 references to Lesley Bulluck (lpbulluck@vcu.edu).  Deadline for application is December 15.



SPRING 2015, Thursday 4:00 to 6:40 pm


Jennifer Ciminelli



This course is intended to be an undergraduate, introductory course on the use of technology in

environmental applications. The course will introduce students to computer technology, project

development and management skills, database management skills, and geospatial technology. The

students will use in-class applied environmental analyses to guide skillset development.


The goal of the course will be to develop the skills necessary to develop and execute an environmental


This course will cover topics including:

 Basics of computer technology

 Database management

 Geospatial technology (ArcGIS Software Suite)

 Geospatial analysis


Students will be required to bring their laptop to class. This class will utilize virtual and hands-on


There will be no textbook required for the course.

Grading Criteria:

 Class Participation 10%

 Assignments 40%

 Mid-Term Exam 15%

 Final Exam 15%

 Final Project 20%

Course Schedule:

Class 1: January 15

[V] Review course objectives, introduction to computer management

Class 2: January 22

[V] Introduce databases: Dbase, Text files, Microsoft Excel

Class 3: January 29

[V] Databases continued: Introduce Microsoft Access.

Class 4: Feb 5

[V] Introduction to GIS theory. Introduction to ArcGIS.

Class 5: Feb 12

[V] Symbolizing and working with GIS data. Introduction to Cartography.

Class 6: Feb 19

[V] Projections, resolution and accuracy

Class 7: Feb 26

[V] Queries – attribute and spatial queries.

Class 8: March 5



Class 9: March 19

[V] Integrating tabular and spatial data (joins).


Class 10: March 26

[V] Spatial analyses (buffer, clip, near)

Class 11: April 2

[V] Spatial analyses continued (union, intersect)

Class 12: April 9

[Working Session] Developing a spatial analysis work plan

Class 13: April 16

[Working Session] Developing a spatial analysis work plan continued.

Class 14: April 23


Class 15: April 30

Final Project Presentations

Service Learning: Insects and Plants

Great Article about Dr Kester’s Insect & Plants Service-Learning Class and their work at the Community Kitchen Garden


U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2015 HS-STEM Summer Internships

Now accepting applications for U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

2015 HS-STEM Summer Internships

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) Disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM Disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

 Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

 Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

10-week research experiences are offered at: Argonne, Berkeley, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia National Laboratories; as well as at Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, Coast Guard Research and Development Center, Customs and Borders Protection Laboratories and Scientific Services, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Naval Research Laboratory, Engineer Research and Development Center, National Security Technologies Remote Sensing Laboratory, Transportation Security Laboratory, and more.

 Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

 Application deadline: December 22, 2014

Detailed information about the internships can be found at: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/

A poster is located at: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/files/hs-stem-2015-poster.pdf

Previous participants’ testimonials can be found at http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/stories-hsstem.html

DHS has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email us atdhsed@orau.org

Biology course explores Ebola epidemic in real time

Derek Johnson, Ph.D., a biology professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, sat at the head of his class, role-playing as the head of the Centers for Diseases Control, probing the response to the Ebola case in Texas. Johnson’s students played the role of CDC experts on infectious diseases.

Read more…….. http://news.vcu.edu/article/Biology_course_explores_Ebola_epidemic_in_real_time