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BMB Weekly #10: March 10, 2023

Vol. 56, No.10Horizontal banner with MSU helmet displaying College of Natural Science Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Noteworthy News

Crisis Support and Updates

In light of the tragic events that took place in our Spartan community on the evening of February 13th, please visit this link for a list of support resources for our community members to utilize.




Upcoming Seminars

Spring Colloquium Series: Brian Kelch
March 16, 2023 — 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
BCH 101 & Zoom

Brian Kelch from the University of Massachusetts will be presenting "Peering under the hood of Nature's macromolecular machines: motors, rings, springs and things."

To join us on Zoom, click this link. Password: bmbseminar

The Spring BMB Seminar Series will run through the end of April. The complete schedule is available on the BMB Spring Seminar Series website. If you are interested in meeting with any of these speakers please email Leslie Williams, glady@msu.edu. Many speakers are planning to visit in-person. A zoom option will continue to be offered for all seminars.


Mark Your Calendar

The Exchange: Journal Club — Dr. Brian Kelch, U. Mass. Worcester (Kristin Parent)
March 14, 2023 — 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Audience: Current Graduate Students

The Exchange is the weekly Tuesday morning event for graduate students. Please join us for the following:
Journal Club: Dr. Brian Kelch, U. Mass. Worcester (Kristin Parent)
DNA replication and repair complexes

Volunteers: Katie Thompson, Rachel Nicholas, Michael Nikolovski

Seeking Presenters and Volunteers for Girls Math & Science Day 2023
Sign-up Deadline: March 17, 2023
Attention: Faculty, Postdocs, Graduate Students, and Undergraduate Students

The MSU Graduate Women In Science are seeking presenters and volunteers for the 2023 Girls Math and Science Day held on Saturday, May 20th, 2023 from 1-5pm in Wells Hall.The event is an opportunity for middle school students to participate in science demonstrations while working with enthusiastic graduate students and researchers. The day is composed of four 30 minute sessions where students participate in hands-on workshops on a range of topics in math and science.
For those interested in submitting an activity and presenting a workshop, please fill out this form.
For those interested in volunteering, please fill out this form.
If you have not completed a Background Check Form in the past year you must fill out this Background Check Form and upload it in the Google Form. 
If you want more information, please email us at gmsd.gwis.msu@gmail.com and we look forward to your participation!

Celebratory Retreat for Black Women in STEM (CR4BWS)
March 18, 2023 — 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
MPS 1200 (in-person) and Zoom (Hybrid)
Attention: All Students

The goal of this event is to help empower Black female graduate students and undergraduates in the region to feel more welcomed and excited about contributing to the field of science. The CR4BWS retreat seeks to provide community support for Black Women in STEM to celebrate their contributions in their respective fields and to identify factors that promote and deconstruct their endeavors. Cash prizes will be given to all lighting talk presenters. Learn more and register here

Science Communication Training for Faculty, Postdocs, and Graduate Students
Registration Deadline: March 20, 2023
Attention: Faculty, Postdocs, and Graduate Students

A team of experienced science communication training experts working with George Mason University and Stony Brook University are offering free science communication training workshops this spring at Michigan State University. The workshop will provide an immersive experience whereby participants will learn how to communicate with audiences about the value and importance of their work as well as science more generally. Participants will also receive financial compensation for participating. Learn more here

BIPOC in Biotech Event
March 30, 2023 — 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Audience: Doctoral Students, Postdocs

BIPOC in Biotech will bring together BIPOC PhDs and Postdocs across the Midwest with a variety of local life sciences organizations to build connections and community, give students an insider view into a breadth of career opportunities, and provide expert tips on how to market themselves and pitch their work for these potential career pathways. Travel awards are being offered to those who register before March 10. Learn more here

Weill Institute Emerging Scholars Symposium
Registration Deadline: April 15, 2023
Attention: Doctoral Students

The Weill Institute Emerging Scholars Symposium in Ithaca, NY, is a one-day event in October where exceptional senior Ph.D. students from institutions external to Cornell are invited to share their research with the Weill Institute community, celebrate their academic achievements, interact with students and faculty, and explore post-doctoral collaboration and research opportunities. Learn more here


Awards, Grants and Fellowships

Leadership Fellows Program
Application Deadline: March 17, 2023
Attention: Graduate Students

The Leadership Fellowship is a year-long, cohort-based program housed in the office of Graduate Student Life & Wellness. It was created to build a stronger and more connected graduate student community at MSU by supporting and providing space for graduate and professional student leaders to engage in change-oriented projects. Fellows aim to increase belonging and community within their colleges or specific populations of students, and their projects increase graduate student well-being, inclusion, and ultimately success. Learn more here.

Natural Science Collections Summer Professional Internships, Summer 2023
Application Deadline: March 17, 2023
Attention: Graduate Students

This interdisciplinary program will provide professional training in natural science collections curation and management to MSU graduate students during the summer of 2023 (May 15 – August 18). Training will be structured to encompass both theory and practice. Students will be assigned to a collection that matches their background. Participation in the bi-weekly seminars is required of student interns and open to other interested members of the university community. Meetings will rotate among campus natural science collections and student interns will work in one of the campus collections. The last meeting of the term will focus on student presentations, providing students with an opportunity to describe their summer collections work to the group. Learn more here.

Bailey Scholars Program Fellowship    New!
Application Deadline: March 24, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
Attention: Faculty, Graduate Students

All graduate fellows will be part of a learning community, where they will work together on a team research projects related to the Bailey Scholars program. These projects range in topic and scope, but all fellows get a unique experience in designing research projects, submitting to and attending conferences, and engaging in research project management activities. Learn more here.

Future Academic Scholars in Teaching (FAST) Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: March 27, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
Attention: Doctoral Students

The primary goals of this program are to provide opportunities for a diverse group of students to have mentored teaching experiences and gain familiarity with materials on teaching and assessment techniques during this academic year long program. This is for doctoral students with interests in teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education who are enrolled in programs associated with the Colleges of Natural Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering, Social Science, Human Medicine, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine. Learn more here.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Grant Competition
MSU deadline: March 27, 2023
Attention: Doctoral Students

The Fulbright-Hays Act was designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the US. This competitive grant program enables PhD candidates to do dissertation research abroad for 6 to 12 months. Awards typically provide airfare, maintenance allowance, research-related expenses, and more. Learn more here

Bob Moses Scholarship
Application Deadline: April 3, 2023
Attention: Graduate Students

This annually awarded national scholarship is designed to support the educational goals of a graduate student from an underrepresented group who is pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in mathematics education or a STEM discipline. The individual should also have a commitment to civic engagement. Learn more here



For Spring Semester: Credit/No-Credit Grade Reporting Option    New!
Attention: GAADs, GPDs, GPAs, Graduate Students

In an effort to support students this semester, revised Credit-No Credit (CR-NC) grade reporting options are being put in place for Spring Semester 2023 only. MSU will return to the CR-NC policy listed in the Academic Programs Catalog effective Summer 2023. Learn more here

Plant Science Graduate Research Symposium (PSGSRS) Committee Signup
Attention: Graduate Students

We are beginning to prepare for the annual Plant Science Graduate Research Symposium (PSGSRS) organized by HOGS. This event welcomes plant science students from all disciplines, including but not limited to: Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Plant Pathology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Forestry, Entomology, Fisheries and Wildlife...etc. to share their research via poster or oral presentation formats, communicate with peers, and exchange comments and feedback on their research. The tentative date for the Symposium is April 28th. 

We are kindly requesting people volunteer for planning committees to organize the Symposium. Please sign up for a committee using this spreadsheet where a brief description of duties are outlined for each committee. Once the committee positions are filled, we will have our first planning meeting for the Symposium. We’re excited to work with you all! Feel free to contact McKena Wilson (liphamra@msu.edu) with any questions you may have.

COVID-19 Guidance for International Travel
Attention: Staff, Faculty, Research Associates, and Graduate Students

To help field questions, Global Safety has developed a guide with recommended steps and resources. This is available as a PDF and on the Global Safety website at www.globalsafety.msu.edu/positive-COVID-19. The first step is to call ISOS for guidance.


Job Postings

Instructor/Assistant Professor, Fixed-Term — MSU

The Biological Sciences (BioSci) Program at MSU is seeking two fixed-term faculty members to join the BioSci Program teaching team. The successful candidate for the first position will serve as curriculum coordinator and instructor for BS172, a large enrollment introductory organismal biology lab course designed for life-science majors. The successful candidate for the second position will serve as an instructor for introductory biology lecture and lab courses designed to actively engage life-science majors in three-dimensional learning and will work with teams of faculty to develop curriculum for these courses. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Katie Krueger, BioSci Program Assistant Director and Chair of the Search Committee (krueg172@msu.edu). 

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry — Southern Illinois University

The Department of Chemistry at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is accepting application packages for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position.  The successful candidate will teach courses that support the Department of Chemistry and School of Pharmacy. Teaching assignments will incorporate biochemistry courses; laboratories and courses at both the undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) levels, including major and service courses in introductory chemistry; and courses for the School of Pharmacy. The successful candidate is expected to engage in scholarly work in any area of biochemistry, involve Chemistry students in their research program, seek external grants to support research, and produce scholarly publications. Service activities in support of the Department of Chemistry, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University are expected. Learn more here

SEEK Opportunity: Program Coordinator for the PILOT Project

The PILOT Project bridges the gap between graduating students and non-academic professionals and is designed to prepare graduate students for a smooth transition to non-academic career tracks. The program coordinator will work to develop programs, draft communications materials, create content, and more. Learn more here


Recent Publications

Kojima, S., Minagawa, H., Yoshida, C., Inoue, E., Takahashi, H., & Ishiyama, K. (2023). Coregulation of glutamine synthetase1;2 
         (GLN1;2) and NADH-dependent glutamate synthase (GLT1) gene expression in Arabidopsis roots in response to ammonium
         supply. Frontiers in plant science14, 1127006. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2023.1127006

McClain, A. M., & Sharkey, T. D. (2023). Rapid CO2 changes cause oscillations in photosynthesis that implicate PSI acceptor-side
         limitations. Journal of experimental botany, erad084. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erad084

Parchizadeh, J., Kellner, K. F., Hurst, J. E., Kramer, D. W., & Belant, J. L. (2023). Factors influencing frequency and severity of
         human-American black bear conflicts in New York, USA. PloS one18(2), e0282322.

Santos-Merino, M., Yun, L., & Ducat, D. C. (2023). Cyanobacteria as cell factories for the photosynthetic production of sucrose. 
         Frontiers in microbiology14, 1126032. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2023.1126032

Tefft, N. M., Ford, K., & TerAvest, M. A. (2023). NADH dehydrogenases drive inward electron transfer in Shewanella oneidensis MR-1. 
         Microbial biotechnology16(3), 560–568. https://doi.org/10.1111/1751-7915.14175

Zhu, Z., Dou, B., Cao, Y., Jiang, J., Zhu, Y., Chen, D., Feng, H., Liu, J., Zhang, B., Zhou, T., & Wei, G. W. (2023). TIDAL: Topology-Inferred
         Drug Addiction Learning. Journal of chemical information and modeling, 10.1021/acs.jcim.3c00046. Advance online publication.


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