Call for posters on climate change research – Poster session July 10

The IU / WonderLab Summer Science Institute on Teaching Climate Change – Call for Posters


Calling early-career researchers studying environmental change: Register now to present at a lunchtime poster session for Indiana K-12 teachers and high school students participating in the IU / WonderLab Summer Science Institute on teaching climate change. This is a great opportunity to practice translating your research into a publicly-accessible message.


Additional details: As part of the IU “Prepared for Environmental Change” Grand Challenge, WonderLab and IU faculty are teaming up to hold a three-day, hands-on workshop for 40 teachers from across Indiana from both elementary (K-6) and secondary (7-12) schools. The poster session is additionally sponsored by the IU Integrated Program in the Environment (IPE).


We’re asking three big questions together:

  • How do we know our environment is changing — and how do we know humans are causing the change?
  • What are the impacts (effects) of environmental change?
  • What do we need to do?


We’re excited to share research and work-in-progress that addresses one or more of these questions.  Our goal is to show our teachers the power and breadth of environmental science and policy research right here in Indiana.


WHERE: The big atrium in the north side of Jordan Hall.


WHEN: July 10th, 2019. Set up and in place by 11:15 am, pack up around 1:15 pm.


A NOTE ON EQUITY AND INCLUSION: We actively encourage presenters who come from many different disciplines as well as backgrounds and personal identities.  Please let us know on the presenter form if you will need physical support (for example, in pinning up your poster or finding a chair for presenting).


OUR SUGGESTED POSTER FORMAT is simple, and it won’t take you much time to set up! Your audience will not be an academic one, and your poster will describe your research in very general terms. See a template here. ​


WANT MORE HELP OR HAVE QUESTIONS? On the morning of June 24th, one of the Summer Science Institute’s resident teachers, Dr. Kirstin Milks of Bloomington High School South, will be running a “cookie chat” to help students craft and hone their message. She will be assisted by O’Neill SPEA Phd Program Director Dr. Kim Novick. More details about this session will be forthcoming.


If you have additional questions, email Kirstin directly at from your IU address (so the school system’s spam filter is less likely to block your message!) or email Kim at



Full-Time Microbiologist Job Opening in Bloomington, IN!

A Microbiologist job in Bloomington, IN is available courtesy of Modis Engineering and Technology.  You will be responsible for monitoring environmental systems and products to provide support for production, facility, engineering, and quality departments.  You will also perform Quality Assurance and Quality Control testing of product, facilities, and critical systems. The salary for this position will be between $35 to 45 per hour.

Microbiologist job responsibilities include:

  • Independently perform method development and R&D projects
  • Assist with advanced method development and R&D projects
  • Maintain laboratory equipment, facility systems, etc
  • Maintain inventory of supplies and equipment


  • BA/BS or MA/MS Degree in Biology, Microbiology, or related field, or experience of such kind and amount as to provide a comparable   background
  • One to three years hands-on laboratory experience
  • Strong working knowledge and understanding of regulations
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and ability to work in collaborative as well as independent work situations and environments with minimal supervision

If you are interested in this job please email me your resume to or call me at 317-558-8866

Roderick E. Grays

Senior Resource Development Manager


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Biology and Microbiology majors: Need an upper-level lab? Consider BIOL-M 465 or BIOL-M 485 for Fall 2019

If you are a Biology or Microbiology major who wants to add an upper-level lab to your Fall 2019 schedule: There are two modern and highly useful Microbiology labs with plenty of open seats.

Even if you don’t have the prerequisites, you may contact the instructor and ask if this course might be appropriate for you! The instructor will discuss your background and specific circumstances with you, before deciding whether or not to waive the prerequisites.

THIS WEEK IN BIOLOGY: April 29-May 3, 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019

  • GCDB Trainee Seminar: Gary Teeters (Kumar Lab) and Andrew Loffer (Pikaard Lab). 4:00pm. Myers Hall 130.


Friday, May 3, 2019

  • JDGM Seminar: Honors Thesis Defense: “Investigation of smoke alarm in sensory neuron function and morphogenesis.” Katherine Fisher (Tracey Lab). 12:15pm. Jordan Hall 248.


Updates or additions will be reflected online at

Undergraduate Student Job Opportunity – Protein Chemistry and Automated X-ray Crystallography.

The Biophysical and Biochemistry Instrumentation Facility (PBIF) jointly with the Macromolecular Crystallography Facility (CAF) are seeking a highly talented and motivated undergraduate student preferably freshmen or sophomore to perform several tasks related to the daily functioning of both facilities such as: automated and manual dispensing of commercial screens, crystallography screenings, sample preparation and measurement, routine checking of instrumentation and general organization in both facilities. Students who aim to pursue either a PhD program or industry position after college are very encouraged to apply.

PBIF and CAF are located into Simon Hall building and they receive hundreds of users monthly. Both are equipped with state-of-art instrumentation facilitating research for many groups in Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry Departments. Experience in the instrumentation is not expected, however motivation and multi-tasks skills are very welcome. Also, some computational skills are preferred such as: Microsoft Office use and Dream Weaver experience. Working hours are completely flexible but a total of 10 hours per week are expected to perform satisfactorily the job. Salary is commensurate with experience.

If you are interested in gaining experience in cutting-edge technologies in Protein Chemistry and Biophysical Instrumentation do not hesitate to apply.  A one-page resume summarizing your skills and motivation should be emailed to Dr. Giovanni Gonzalez-Gutierrez at For further information about the facilities visit the webpages and .


Contact Information:

Giovanni Gonzalez-Gutierrez, Ph.D.

Assistant Scientist

phone: (812) 856-7505

fax:      (812) 855-5710


Seeking Fall 2019 UTA Candidates!

Seeking enthusiastic UTA candidates to help teach BIOL Q201 (Biology for Elementary Education Majors) during the Fall 2019 semester. Q201 is an introductory-level, combination lecture and lab course for future elementary teachers.

Successful candidates should be available to teach co-teach a lab section meeting on Tuesdays 2-5 pm for the entire Spring 2019 semester. You should also have earned at least an A- in BIOL L112, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.25.  Applicants should complete the Biology Department UTA application and personal statement, and also provide an unofficial transcript.

Please contact Prof. Pam Hanratty ( ) for more information and/or to schedule an interview.