Thursday, June 30, 2011

Position in EPA Region 9 Office

I recently received this position announcement from a colleague at the EPA.

US EPA Region 9 is accepting applications for an open position in the Waste Division Permitting Office. This office leads hazardous waste permitting and corrective action cleanups to ensure adequate protection of human health and the environment. The successful applicant will serve as a project manager who will have the responsibility to develop permits for industrial facilities; work directly with the public to involve communities in the permitting and cleanup process; work with state governments on their permitting activities; and oversee corrective action cleanups on contaminated lands.

Opening Date: 12:01 am EST, July 5th, 2011
Closing Date: July 11, 2011
Position Title: Environmental Engineer/Scientist, GS-0819/1301-09/11
Salary: $56,172.00 to $88,349.00
Duty Location: 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA
Work Schedule: 40 hours per week
Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens may apply
Qualifications: GS-09 –You need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as experience working in at least one environmental program (e.g. water, air, waste, toxic etc,) in an environmental field (e.g. inspection, enforcement, permits, etc) and experience participating in work groups, committees, or teams related to environmental science issues or projects; - OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the engineering or science field.

GS-11 – You need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as experience in overseeing workplan development and overall project management; and experience preparing summaries of complex technical regulatory, or scientific material related to an environmental
program or addressing environmental justices issues or projects; OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline.

How to Apply: . In the “WHAT” box in the center of the page, on the opening date, type announcement number:

This announcement remains open 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

Application Requirements: Create your profile in and upload your resume and transcripts if necessary, into your profile

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

2011 Annual Student Symposium

The annual student symposium was held yesterday at the Botanical Gardens. Twenty-three students presented updates on their dissertation or thesis research. The presentations were all of high quality and it was great to see range of research being conducted by students of the program. Katie Zimmermann won the Futuko award for the outstanding presentation. Zhenshan Chen and Ashley Swanson were recognized as honorable mentions and Shuo Liu was recognized with the Best First Year Presentation award. Zhenshan Chen also received the Student's Choice Award. Dr. Eastmond received the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award for 2010-11. Our thanks to all of the speakers and a special congratulation to the award winners. We would also like to thank the Student Symposium Committee (Dr. Paul Ziemann, Chair, Katie Zimmermann, Richard Belcher, Laurel Dodgen, and Ashley Swanson) for doing an excellent job in organizing the event. We would like to give a special thanks for Dr. Janet Arey for contacting the alumni for updates on their activities. Below are pictures from the event.

Lei Guo's presentation

A group photo during the symposium. There was a very good turn-out of students, faculty and lab members.

The first of a series of photos taken during dinner - Thai food from Best Thai.

From the left: Dr. Yinsheng Wang, the Program Director with the award winners, Shuo Liu, Katie Zimmermann, Ashley Swanson, and Zhenshen Chen.

Gayatri Sankaran, the ETOX mini-GSA representative presenting Zhenshan Chen with the Student's choice award.

Gayatri Sankaran presenting Dr. David Eastmond with the faculty mentor award.

Jason Cheng receives Mentoring Award

ETOX and Chemistry faculty member Jason Cheng recently received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement. Our congratulations to Jason for this nice recognition of his work mentoring undergraduate researchers.

Commencement 2011

On Sunday June 12, UCR held its commencement ceremony for the College of Natural and Agricultural Resources. The ETOX program had 4 graduates - Lynnie Cua who received her Ph.D. degree (shown below with Prof. Marilyn Yates), and Doan-Si Bui, Minh Vuong and Terry Lopez who received M.S. degrees (or who will complete them this summer). Our congratulations to these individuals for attaining their educational and research goals. We wish them success in their future endeavors.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Photo of Genevieve Obermeyer and children

Attached is a cute photo of ETOX alumna Genevieve Obermeyer (M.S. 2008) with her son Leo and his new brother Jason Shiying Wen. We are very happy for Genevieve and wish her and her family the best!

Cytogeneticist postion at Bioreliance

I recently received the following message from Marilyn Aardema, a friend and colleague. Please contact her if interested.

BioReliance will soon be posting an opening for a cytogenetics study director that will also be involved in research on new methods, etc. I’d like a PhD level, trained cytogeneticist. I’m reaching out to folks like yourself that are involved in training new folks, as well as how are tapped into the cytogenetics community! If you know of anyone, or can recommend other people I should contact, please let me know!

Marilyn J. Aardema, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer, Toxicology
BioReliance Corporation
9630 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850