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News Flash
April, 2012
NSF grants  to PMB Students 


Three PMB students received Fellowships and three earned Honorable Mentions in the latest round of awards from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Fellowship Recipients
Jake Brunkard (Plant - Zambryski Lab)
Jason Liu (Plant)
Allison Schwartz  (Plant)

Honorable Mention
Chris Brown (Micro)
David Hershey (Micro)
Anne Runkel (Plant)

The grants are awarded to approximately 2,000 doctoral-level students in the natural, social and engineering sciences at US institutions. UC Berkeley earned 190 of the 2,000 awards that were recently granted, nearly 10 percent.  

- Rocio Sanchez 
Don't miss the PMB Spring Fling 

  PMB grad students, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy a buffet dinner and live entertainment at the Spring Party from 5-9 pm on Friday, May 4, at the Krutch Theater at the Clark Kerr campus.
  Live music {free and fabulous!} will be provided  by band members from the Plant Gene Expression Center. When this group played last year people couldn't get enough!
  Please stop by, here is the schedule:
  5-6 pm - Socializing
  6 pm SHARP - Dinner is served
  7:15 pm - Music begins |  desert served  |   beverages available

This is a beverage potluck so please bring a beverage if you can.

Cal Day is Saturday - Come on By!  


Plant & Microbial Biology will be involved in Cal Day in a big way this Saturday, April 21, as part of the College of Natural Resources events out on the Genetics and Plant Biology Lawn.
  In conjunction with the Energy Biosciences Institute we're putting on "Bugs, Biofuels and Biology: A Plant Extravaganza!"
  Professor Steve Lindow will present his "Ice Nucleation Magic Show", the CNR Biological Imaging Facility will put on "The Amazing Microscopic Carnival" and the Micro Student Group will let visitors get close and personal with microbes.

  For a complete schedule and information please visit
Li Ka Shing Building, UC Berkeley
Li Ka Shing Lobby
Lab and Office Moves at PMB


  As you may have noticed, there are quite a few moves happening in Koshland Hall right now.  Most of the activity is due to the many MCB Labs on the EL and GL level of Koshland that are moving to the new Li Ka Shing building. 

The Glaunsinger lab also moved from 371 Koshland to 565 Li Ka Shing.  They have a beautiful new lab space that looks out onto a living rooftop and are located next to a balcony with stunning views of the San Francisco Bay and Bay Bridge.  Kris Niyogi, who has become a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator this year, has expanded his growing lab into the former Glaunsinger lab space. 
His office is now located in Koshland 371A, and Marilyn Kobayashi, the Niyogi Lab manager, is in 441A Koshland.    Additionally, the new Helios building at the corner of Hearst and Oxford is scheduled to open in August.  Helios will be the new home for the Energy Biosciences Institute.  The three PMB faculty that are currently in Calvin Hall -- Chris Somerville, Shauna Somerville, and Markus Pauly -- will be relocating their labs to Helios at that time. 
- Dana Jantz 

Bits and Pieces 


  A listing of important events, reminders and interesting info around campus, including links, as the academic year comes to a close. 

Dr. Pedro Sanchez, "Towards a 21st Century Soil Science" 4/23, 4 pm

"Nuclear features of cytoplasmic poly(A) binding protein during viral infection"
ing seminars" 4/23, noon

"Subversion of a Liver-Specific MicroRNA by Hepatitis C Virus" 4/25, noon

5/7, noon

5/14, noon

5/16, 9-4:30
workshops 4/23 {SAMtools / BEDTools Utilities for NGS Data Analysis}
and 4/30 RNA-Seq Data Analysis
- 4/27

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