Undergraduate Blog

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March 26, 2018

Applications due April 7th


Campus Committees are advisory committees run by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and they touch all areas of campus life; from cultural centers, to student fees, and everything in-between. Being involved in a Campus Committee allows students an unparalleled opportunity to shape the Illinois experience, represent the student body, and share their ideas. 


​Learn more and apply at go.illinois.edu/CampusCommittees or contact Richard Gonigam with questions.​

March 23, 2018


Upcoming Seminars
Tuesday, March 27
12:00 p.m.
IGB Seminar - BCXT
Maureen Coleman, PhD
Microbial Ecosystems Biology
University of Chicago
"The Deep Blue (inland) Seas:  Illuminating Microbial Activity in Earth's Largest Freshwater Sytem"
612 Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
(Gatehouse Administration Building, Lower Level)
1206 West Gregory, Urbana
Contact:  Connie Scott

Thursday, March 29
12:00 p.m.
Fox Family Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lecture
Catherine Kleinmuntz, PhD
Principal, Kleinmuntz Associates
"Entrepreneurial Success:  Executing Breakthrough Innovation"
612 Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
(Gatehouse Administration Building, Lower Level)
1206 West Gregory, Urbana
Contact:  Alaina Kanfer


Wednesday, March 28
12:00 p.m.
Lunch with the Core
Glenn Fried, Director of IGB Core Facilities
Austin Cyphersmith, Research Specialist in Life Sciences
"New Capabilities in the IGB Core"
612 Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
(Gatehouse Administration Building, Lower Level)
1206 West Gregory, Urbana
Contact:  Joyce Koeberlein
Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, April 26
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Severe winter weather impacts blood donations, which are urgently needed for patients to continue lifesaving treatments.  Donating takes 30-45 minutes.  Prior to donating - get a good night's sleep, eat breakfast, and drink plenty of fluids.  To schedule an appointment, www.bloodcenterimpact.org or contact Madison Huckstep at 300-2583 or mhucks94@illinois.edu
612 Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
(Gatehouse Administration Building, Lower Level)
1206 West Gregory, Urbana

Thursday, May 3
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
IGB Fellows Symposium
Registration now open, join us to hear the latest IGB research, connect with colleagues, and share your work during the poster session.  Hear from current Fellows as well as IGB students and theme leaders. See the full agenda and register at https://fellows.igb.illinois.edu/.
612 Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
(Gatehouse Administration Building, Lower Level)
1206 West Gregory, Urbana

Happenings in Genomics





Upcoming On Campus


Monday, March 26
2:00 p.m.
Analytical Chemistry Final Defense
Jordan M. Dennison
Catherine Murphy, Advisor
"Chemistry and Measurement at Aqueous Nanoscale Interfaces"
171 Roger Adams Lab
600 South Mathews, Urbana

Monday, March 26
4:00 p.m.
Center for Advanced Study MillerComm2018
Enrique Neblett
Professor of Psychology
University of North Carolina
"Toward A Manifesto for Diverse Psychological Science"
Beckman Institute Auditorium
405 North Mathews, Urbana

Monday, March 26
4:00 p.m.
Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program Seminar
Professor Baldomero M. Olivera
University of Utah
"Biodiversity, Natural Products and Drug Development: Fish-hunting Cone Snails, A Case Study"
116 Roger Adams Lab
600 South Mathews, Urbana

Monday, March 26
4:00 p.m.
Distinguished Lecture in Computer Science
Dr. Pavel Pevzner
Professor of Computer Science
University of California, San Diego
"Bioinformatics: a Servant or the Queen of Molecular Biology?"
2405 Siebel Center
201 North Goodwin, Urbana

Tuesday, March 27
4:00 p.m.
Neuroscience Program Seminar
Alan Spector
Florida State University
"Taste, Palatability, Food Selection, and Gastric Bypass"
Beckman Institute
405 North Mathews, Urbana

Wednesday, March 28
2:00 p.m.
Chemistry at Illinois - Physical Chemistry
Professor Stephen Leone
University of California - Berkeley
"Attosecond Dynamics: From Molecules to Semiconductor Solids"
Charles G.  Miller Auditorium
B102 Chemical Life & Science Laboratory
602 South Goodwin, Urbana

Wednesday, March 28
4:00 p.m.
Center for Advanced Study
Vusi Mchunu
Visiting South African heritage and museum professional
"Transforming South African Museum Exhibitions in the Era of President Nelson Mandela"
Davenport Hall, Room 329
607 South Mathews, Urbana

Thursday, March 29
4:00 p.m.
Scholarly Commons Spring Speaker: Ed Ayers
"Twenty-Five Years in Digital History and Counting"
Edward Ayers, digital historian and President Emeritus of the University of Richmond, will be on campus at the end of March for the Scholarly Commons Speaker Series. He has participates in large digital humanities projects like The Valley of the Shadow (http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/), which brings to life the stories of two U.S. counties during the Civil War era, and a cohost of BackStory, an American history podcast. For more information about Dr. Ayers, his website is www.edwardayers.com. The information about his talk is available here: https://www.library.illinois.edu/sc/events/speaker/. 
220 Main Library
1408 West Gregory, Urbana
Reception following.

Wednesday, March 28
7:30 p.m.
John C. Bailar, Jr. Lectures 2018
John F. Hartwig
University of California - Berkeley
"Selective Catalytic Functionalization of C-H Bonds"
Charles G. Miller Auditorium
B102 Chemical Life & Science Laboratory
602 South Goodwin, Urbana
Reception immediately following this lecture in the Chemical & Life Science (Bldg. A) Atrium

Thursday, March 29
4:00 p.m.
John C. Bailar, Jr. Lectures 2018
John F. Hartwig
University of California - Berkeley
"Artificial Metalloenzymes with Noble Metals Created from Heme Proteins"
1024 Chemistry Annex
601 South Mathews, Urbana
Reception immediately preceding this lecture in the Chemical & Life Science (Bldg. A) Atrium

Thursday, March 29
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Medical Humanities at lllinois
Jonathan M. Metzl, MD, PhD
"When the Shooter is White:  Race, Mental Illness, and the Politics of American Firearms"
Levis Faculty Center (Room 300)
919 West Illinois,  Urbana

Thursday, March 29
5:00 p.m.
Center for Advanced Study Special Presentation
Making Sacred All The Whispers of the World
A performance of Jewish Cabaret Music by the New Budapest Orpheum Society
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - Stage 5
500 S. Goodwin, Urbana
Reception to follow at the Bread Company, 706 S. Goodwin
Philip V. Bohlman, University of Chicago, NBOS Arttistic Director, will give a pre-performance lecture at 4:00 p.m.:  "Some for Laughs, Some for Tears--The Cabretesque and Jewish Music"

Friday, March 30
12:00 p.m.
Biochemistry Seminar
Dr. Robert Powers
Department of Chemistry
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"Metabolomics: a tool for drug discovery, disease diagnosis and systems biology"
Charles G. Miller Auditorium
B102 Chemical Life & Science Lab
602 South Goowdin, Urbana

Thursday, April 5
Friday, April 6
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Software Carpentry Workshop for Women in Biology and the Life Sciences
For this workshop, we are limiting registration to people who identify as women (or as non-binary/agender), and the instructors for this workshop are women.  The workshop will be especially useful to graduate students, postdocs, and researchers in biology and life sciences disciplines who have not begun to leverage the power of scripting and version control for reproducible research, but people from all disciplines are welcome.  No programming experience required. All skill levels. Participants should bring their own laptops to work on—if you require one on loan, please let us know ahead of time and we'll see if we can help locate one. Hands-on workshops that start at the basics and teach you how to organize your research computationally, automate repetitive tasks, make your research reproducible, help other researchers access your work, and use your work collaboratively.  This workshop will teach you to work with R and the Unix shell and will familiarize you with database and version control tools.
REGISTER HERE.  Meals provided.
Monsanto Room, ACES Library
1101 South Goodwin, Urbana
Contact:  Samniqueka Halsey

Tuesday, April 10

12:00 p.m.

Pioneers in Genomic Biology

Molecular Signal Tranduction Mechanisms Mediating Drought-Induced and CO2 Regulation of Ion Channels & Plant Water Loss

Julian I. Schroeder, PhD, University of California, San Diego, Department of Biology

1206 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 612 IGB Conference Center, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology


Wednesday, April 11
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Uniting Infection Biology for One Health
Part of the Illinois 150: The 21st Century University and Research for the Public Good Conference
Featuring keynotes by:
Dr. Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, Deputy Director of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases; Dr. Stuart Reid, BVMS, PhD, DVM, DipECVPH, FRSE, MRCVS, Dean of the Royal Veterinary College, London; and Dr. Tom Gillespie, PhD, Associate Professor at Emory University Departments of Anthropology, Environmental Health, and Environmental Sciences.
Registration and more information at 150.illinois.edu/conference/
I Hotel Conference Center
1900 South First Street, Champaign 

Thursday, April 19
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Judges Needed - 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium
This day-long signature event of Undergraduate Research Week brings together hundreds of students from all disciplines to share their research. As a judge, you will be asked to identify the best research presentation and assign awards in a variety of disciplinary categories. Sign up at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/658022.


Employment Opportunities

IGB has no positions available at this time.  Please check https://www.igb.illinois.edu/people/employment-opportunities for future opportunities.

Summer Academic Contractor
Eli Lilly and Company is currently seeking one talented and innovative graduate student to join our Investigative Drug Disposition Group located at the Lilly Corporate Center, Indianapolis, IN, as an academic contractor.  The position involves a project aiming to conduct functional characterization of genetically-modified cell lines using activity assays and then extrapolate to human relevance employing modeling approaches.  The position is up to 12 weeks with compensation, however a student will need to secure their own housing.  Ideally, the project results in a poster presentation or publication.  For those who’re interested in, please submit resumes to mohutsky_michael_a@lilly.com and guo_yingying@lilly.com.
Duties & Responsibilities:  Culture and maintain normal and genetically modified cell lines; Characterize activity using probe substrates in both normal and genetically modified cell lines for enzyme(s) and uptake transporters; Use modeling techniques to relate in vitro data to literature human pharmacokinetics/clearance data; Perform literature research to support model development;Present project results and conclusions to ADME/Toxicology/Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics Group; Summarize project results and conclusions in internal report and/or external poster/publication.
Requirements:  Must be a Graduate Student in good academic standing; Major must be related to the research field; Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction; Must be willing to submit to a background investigation, including verification of your past employment, criminal history, and educational background; Must be willing to take a drug test and post-offer physical (if required).
Desired Experience, Skills and Abilities:  Solid background in molecular biology and cell culture; Critical thinking skills and attention to details.


If you have an item for next week, please submit to IGBsubmissions@igb.illinois.edu.  Submissions are due by noon on Thursday for the following week.


Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology


March 23, 2018

ALL Chancellor’s Scholars (assuming no holds/encumbrances are on a student’s record) should have a time-ticket at 8:20 am or after on Monday, April 2, 2018.  Time tickets are assigned based on credit hours earned.  You should register at the time assigned to you using UI-Self- Service https://apps.uillinois.edu/selfservice/, as you did for the Spring 2018 semester.  If you have any registration problems at that time, you will need to call the Office of Admissions and Records help-line at  (217) 333-6565.  If you would like to be added to a waitlist for a course that you were not able to enroll in, please email Anne at aeprice@illinois.edu.

Determinations for waitlists are by time/date stamps on these emails.

Please do not sign up for more than one CHP course until August 1, 2018, or CHP may cancel the additional registration unless you have approval from Anne.  Please also keep in mind that juniors and seniors should be the primary registrants for CHP seminars; if you will be a sophomore (by class year, not hours), you may sign up for one of these classes if there are still available spots when you register.

***To summarize CHP course requirements:  All Chancellor’s Scholars are expected and encouraged to take one CHP course each semester for their first two years in the program unless they make formal arrangements to defer this requirement to a later semester - contact Anne for assistance.  In addition, every Chancellor’s Scholar is required to take one Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar (CHP 395 or 396) during either the third or fourth year in the program unless a formal petition is approved to substitute some other important academic activity, such as study abroad.***

March 23, 2018

Geotechnical/Environmental Engineering Assistant Project Engineer

Established in 2000, Geo Services, Inc. is a Minority and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise founded to provide high quality services on a timely, cost-effective basis. Composed of dedicated professionals, technicians, and support personnel, our team is looking to for an Assistant Geotechnical/Environmental Project Engineer.

Responsibilities of the Geotechnical/Environmental Assistant Project Engineer

Assisting our project engineers with geotechnical engineering analysis Field engineering Labwork

Qualifications of the Assistant Geotechnical/Environmental Project Engineer

BS required; MS preferred in Civil Engineering/geotech. specialty Candidate should have an Illinois EIT license 0-2 years experience in geotechnical engineering(transportation emphasis with IDOT and ISTHA)


Medical, Dental, 401K

Job Type: Full-time


GSI Contact Info:

Drew Ptak, PE; Office Manager; drewptak@geoservicesinc.net; 847-253-3845 ext. 204

March 19, 2018

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is recruiting tutors for Engineering courses (in all levels). Our current outstanding tutor requests range from CS 105, ECE 211, IE 310, MATH 285/286, ME 300, MSE 206, and TAM 251. If you know of any of your students that would be interested in earning a little bit of extra money and helping out other students on campus, please have them fill out our application at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/8792291. Our pay rate is $10 per hour for undergraduates, and $12 per hour for graduate students.   Apply by April 1, 2018.