New Opportunities for BIOL-B300 Vascular Plants

The enrollment limits for BIOL-B300 were increased today because the lecture section (M&W 11:15 am-12:05 pm) will now be held in the Collaborative Learning Studio in Student Building 015 (


This innovative alternative to traditional lecture halls is well suited for B300.  Although the subject matter of B300 is an evolutionary survey of vascular plants (which are all land plants except for mosses, liverworts, and hornworts; see, the primary goal is to develop a set of intellectual skills that enable people to systematically learn and synthesize a large body of information.  These skills are very useful for people pursuing medicine, dentistry, optometry, law, graduate studies in biology, or any other profession that requires quick learning and permanent command of a body of knowledge.


Also new this year is an extra credit option for environmental management.  The B300 field trip to collect and identify spring wildflowers is a perennial favorite, but natural areas throughout Indiana are under threat from invasive plant species.  This voluntary extra credit option allows participants to help manage the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve in collaboration with the City of Bloomington.


Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about this course.






Eric Knox
Director, Indiana University Herbarium

Department of Biology
Indiana University
Jordan Hall 142
1001 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN  47405  USA

Office: 812-855-9601
Herbarium: 812-855-5007
Home Office: 812-332-0904; Fax: 812-855-6705

Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics Undergraduate Research Experiences (REU): 2014

The Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics is offering an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program this summer.  The Center seeks qualified undergraduates for 2014 REU fellowships.  Stipends are $4,000 for ten-week projects.  They will be awarded on a competitive basis based on academic excellence, motivation, scientific potential, compatibility of personal interests, and long-term career goals aligned with research programs of the Conte Center.  Applicants with computational science backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.  All participants must be U.S. citizens (or permanent residents) and be enrolled in (but not yet graduated from) an accredited undergraduate college degree program with a concentration in a biological sciences field.  Please post and/or share the attached announcement and application.


For Conte Center news go to the project website ( For the Conte website education page, please click here.
If selected for the REU program, students will be matched with a research mentor. During the program participants will be invited to lab meetings and seminars.  In addition, they will have access to libraries, athletic facilities, and University-sponsored events.  At the conclusion of the summer projects, students will produce a summary report and present their findings at an REU Symposium in the Gordon Center for Integrative Science at the University of Chicago.

The deadline for receipt of REU application materials (see attached pdf file) is February 10, 2014.


Send via mail or email all application materials to:


Barry Aprison, Ph.D.
Education and Outreach Director, IGSB
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery, Rm. 10-114
The University of Chicago
900 E. 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
224-221-3419 c
773-834-2787 w


Opportunity in Global Health – Post-Bachelor Fellowship at IHME

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington offers a Post-Bachelor Fellowship (PBF) program that combines a full-time professional position, academic research, and education with progressive on-the-job training and mentoring from a renowned group of professors.  This program provides Post-Bachelor Fellows the option to pursue a fully-funded Master of Public Health degree at the University of Washington.  The program description and instructions on how to apply are attached.  Our application deadline is January 15, 2014.


There will be a 30-minute live information session on Wednesday, December 18, at 3:00 p.m. PST.  Interested candidates can watch and participate here:



Further information about the Post-Bachelor Fellowship program and how to apply can also be found here:  IHME Post-Bachelor Fellowship.   Keep up with the PBF program by visiting us on Facebook.


Best Regards,



Sean Lassiter

Education and Training Project Officer

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation | University of Washington

2301 5th Avenue, Suite 600 | Seattle, WA 98121

Tel: +1-206-897-2832