2005 Events
College of Medicine · Association of Medical Science Graduate Students
 
Wednesday, January 5, 2005, 4:00 p.m., MDL 1022 
Executive Board Meeting
It's that time of year again! Time to set the budget for next year's AMSGS events! Bring some left over Christmas cookies or candy!! Please contact Rachel with questions.
 

Thursday, January 13, 2005, 12:00 p.m., Moffitt Research Center Auditorium

Special Luncheon and Vendor Show
Sponsored by AMSGS to raise funds for the Annual Awards Banquet to be held in May. Please plan to be there to support the event and visit the vendors' booths. Proceeds from this vendor show help support our association.
The vendors are supplying food and drinks and the show will have a Hawaiian theme. Come and get a free Hawaiian Lei and win other prizes! Encourage postdocs and technicians in your lab to come along too.
Vendors include:  Roche, Sigma, Rainin, Greiner and other molecular biology companies.
For further information, please contact Rachel Haviland at x6545.
 

Friday, January 14, 2005, 6:30 -9:30 p.m., Rocky's Sports Grill at the USF Golf Course

Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) Social Evening
There will be wings, chicken strips, and beverages available, and it is open to all graduate students. People can buy other drinks from the bar if they want.
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2005, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., College of Medicine, Parking Lot 31
AMSGS and the USF HSC will be hosting a Florida Blood Services blood drive. The blood mobile will be parked in lot 31. Please come out and donate if willing and able, the FBS is in desperate need of donors! Each pint of blood will help 3 people. All donors will receive a T-shirt and a wellness checkup (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screen). You will also be entered into a drawing this month to win a $500 Home Depot gift card! Call 1-800-68-BLOOD for questions. Thank you!
 
Wednesday, January 19, 2005, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Campus View East of the Marshall Center (4th floor) 
The Graduate and Professional Student Council is sponsoring a Workshop on Loan Consolidation issues.
For any student that has loans or is considering acquiring loans, this workshop will provide extremely valuable information. It is free to all students and some refreshments will be provided. The presenters represent a group from the Harvard School of Business and they work on a national level with issues concerning student loans. Download the flyer (StudentLoansandConsolidation.doc) containing links and additional information.
Please contact Tim Boyd, President, Graduate and Professional Student Council, for more information.
 
Thursday, January 20, 2005, 11:00 a.m., MDL 1005
Neuroscience Seminar
You are cordially invited to a seminar titled "Animal Models of Alzheimer's Disease: The Role of Neuroinflammation" presented by Gary Wenk, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neural Systems and Memory, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ.
Hosted by the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and the Office of Graduate Affairs.
 
Friday, January 21, 2005, 9:30 a.m., MDL 1003
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation, "Mechanisms of -Amyloid Clearance by anti-A Antibody Therapy", by Donna M. Wilcock (Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics). Donna's major professor is Dr. David Morgan, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a Defense Celebration at 3:00 p.m. in MDC 1507.
 
Tuesday, January 25, 2005, 1:00 -5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Special Seminar
You are cordially invited to a series of lectures presented by Dr. Terry P. Kenakin, Principal Research Scientist, Department of Receptor Biochemistry, GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, NC.
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Why is Pharmacology Different from Other Biological Sciences?
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.: The Pharmacologists' Tools and Future Opportunities in Drug Discovery
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Receptors in Drug Discovery: With the Renaissance Comes the Challenge
Hosted by the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and the Office of Graduate Affairs.
 
Wednesday, February 2, 2005, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Marshall Center Room MC101 
The Graduate and Professional Student Council  (GPSC) is sponsoring a General Meeting and Workshop on Taxes presented by Marsha Bailey from the Internal Revenue Service.
The workshop in the 2nd half of the meeting is on Taxes and will be presented by Marsha Baily from the Internal Revenue Service. Topics of this workshop include: How to file taxes, taxes on fellowships and other aid, educational deductions, and other relevant tax information for students. Some refreshments will be available and all are welcome to attend. Please call the GPSC at 813-974-6939 for more information.
 
Thursday, February 3, 2005, 4:00 p.m., Vincent A. Stabile Research Building Auditorium
Special Seminar
Nobel Laureate E. Donnell Thomas, M.D., will discuss the development of stem cell transplantation from its early years to what it means for today's patients at a Feb. 3 lecture at Moffitt Cancer Center. The influence of his pioneering work is felt worldwide as physicans who trained at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in bone marrow transplantation under Dr. Thomas have saved the lives of many leukemia pateints. This seventh annual Ted Couch Cancer Research Lectureship and reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. at the Vincent A. Stabile Research Building Auditorium at Moffitt Cancer Center.
The free lecture is open to the public. Please RSVP by Jan. 31 to 1-888-MOFFITT.
 

Thursday, February 3, 2005, 4:30 p.m., MDL 1022 

Executive Board Meeting
Topics for discussion include the next monthly AMSGS lunch and planning for the Awards banquet. Please contact Rachel Haviland with questions.
 
Thursday, February 10, 2005, 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
AMSGS Monthly Luncheon
The food will be catered by Pita's.
 
Thursday, February 17, 2005, 6:00 p.m., Gators Dockside on Fowler Ave past 56th street
AMSGS Happy Hour!
Please contact Marty Montpetit for more information.
 
Thursday, February 17, 2005, 7:00 p.m., Phyllis P. Marshall Center Ballroom
An invitation from the College of Arts and Sciences & TIAA-CREF -- Dean John Skvoretz, College of Arts and Sciences, cordially invites you to attend the Nobel Laureate in Science Lecture Series.
"Technology, Tolerance, and Terror"
Presented by Dr. John C. Polanyi, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry ~ 1986, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto.
 
Tuesday, February 22, 2005, 9:00 a.m., MDL 1003
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation, "PACAP and VIP Modulation of Neuroexcitability in Rat Intracardiac Neurons", by Wayne I. DeHaven (Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics). Wayne's major professor is Dr. Javier Cuevas, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a Defense Celebration at 3:00 p.m. in MDC 1507.
 
Thursday, February 24, 2005, All day, Health Sciences Center
Health Sciences Center Research Day
All Health Sciences Center faculty, students, and staff are invited to participate and to submit abstracts for consideration for poster presentation at this event.
Graduate students and postdoctoral students (from HSC), along with medical students and residents who submit posters that are accepted for presentation will be eligible to receive an award that includes a plaque and $50 check. Posters will be judged by a committee of faculty members from the HSC, and awards will be given for those rated as "superior presentations."
The Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award is also provided for the outstanding poster presentation among Ph.D. students in the Health Sciences Center. The amount of the award is $1000.
If you plan to submit an abstract for poster presentation on Research Day, please use the format for abstract development and submission that is located on the HSC Home Page (http://hsc.usf.edu). Fill out all appropriate parts of the abstract form. 
The deadline for abstract submission is January 14, 2005.
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2005, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Marshall Center Room 106 
The Graduate and Professional Student Council is holding a General Assembly meeting.
There will be a workshop, beginning at 4:00 p.m., on the process for Thesis and Dissertation Submission. All Doctoral and Thesis Masters students are highly encouraged to attend this workshop as they will all have to go through this process before graduating.
Please contact Tim Boyd, President, Graduate and Professional Student Council, for more information.
 
Thursday, March 10, 2005, 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
AMSGS Monthly Luncheon
Please join us for lunch (CiCi's pizza and cake).
Dr. James Polson, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, is retiring at the end of the month so he will be joining us at the lunch to celebrate his many years of service to the College of Medicine.
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2005, 9:00 a.m., MRC Auditorium
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation, "Modification of MDMX By Ubiquitination and Sumoylation", by Yu Pan (Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program at Moffitt). Yu's major professor is Dr. Jiandong Chen, Molecular Oncology Program, Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer and Research Center.
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a reception from 4:00 - 5:00  p.m. the Moffitt Research Center, room MRC 4084.
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2005, 6:00 p.m., TGI Friday's at the Holiday Inn Busch Gardens, 2701 East Fowler Ave
AMSGS Happy Hour!
Come join us and meet the new students interviewing for the various graduate programs.
 
Saturday, March 26, 2005, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., USF Riverfront Park
The Graduate and Professional Student Council  (GPSC) is hosting a Networking Social Event for all graduate students, their friends and families. 
There will be games and canoeing for $3 for any student interested. Free pizza and refreshments will be available and all are welcome to attend. Additional parking is available at the Intramural Field Parking lot on USF campus off of 50th street. Please call the GPSC at 813-974-6939 for more information.
 
Tuesday, April 12, 2005, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., College of Medicine, Parking Lot 31
AMSGS and the USF HSC will be hosting a Florida Blood Services blood drive. The blood mobile will be parked in lot 31. Please come out and donate if willing and able, the FBS is in desperate need of donors! Each pint of blood will help 3 people. All donors will receive an umbrella and a wellness checkup (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screen). Call 1-800-68-BLOOD for questions. Thank you!
 
Thursday, April 14, 2005, 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
AMSGS Monthly Luncheon and Elections
Please join us for lunch (from Pita's) and the election of new officers and selection of the Grasso Award winner.
Demonstrate your leadership skills. Please email Rachel Haviland if you want to volunteer as a candidate (President, Vice President, Senior Financial Officer, Secretary). Other offices include: Departmental Representatives, Community Service Representative, Research Representative, Long Range Information Services Committee Representative, College of Medicine Academic Computing Committee Representative.
 
Tuesday, April 19, 2005, 4:15 -5:00 p.m., Physics Auditorium (PHY 141)
Special Seminar
The University of South Florida will host a talk by 2004 Nobel Prize winner in physics Frank Wilczek, professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Wilczek, who is in Tampa with the spring meeting of the American Physical Society (www.aps.org), has titled his talk "The Universe is a Strange Place."
"Over the course of the 20th century we have constructed a very successful fundamental theory of the behavior of matter," said Wilczek, who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in physics with two other American scientists. "Viewed from this perspective, the world looks very different from our everyday reality. It is a very strange place, and a beautiful one."
Wilczek said he will explain how to understand the building blocks of matter as notes in a "Music of the Void," using pictures and a movie.
Wilczek, David J. Gross (University of California Santa Barbara) and H. David Politzer (California Institute of Technology) shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of "asymptomatic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction."
The event is free an open to the public.
 
Thursday, April 21, 2005, 7:00 p.m., Amf University Bowl 124, 13109 North 56th Street
Bowling Tournament
3 games, shoes, popcorn and soda are included for a nominal fee of <$10. If you would like to take part, and possibly win a prize, please contact Rachel Haviland.
 
Friday, May 6, 2005, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., The Florida Aquarium Explore-A-Shore Outdoor Pavilion (701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602; 813-273-4056)
Annual Awards Banquet -- Save the date!!
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: appetizers and cocktails with aquarium tour
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.: dinner and presentation of awards
Please RSVP by Friday, April 29, 2005 by email to amsgsrsvp@yahoo.com.
 
 
Friday, May 27, 2005, 9:00 a.m., Vincent A. Stabile Research Building, David Murphy Conference Room
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation, "Role of Stat3 in Regulating HIF-1alpha Expression and Tumor Angiogenesis", by Jon Briggs (Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology). Jon's co-major professors are Dr. Hua Yu, Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology and Dr. Peter Medveczky, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology.
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a Defense Celebration at 4:00 p.m. in MDL 1022.
 
Thursday, June 9, 2005, 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
AMSGS Monthly Luncheon
Lunch will be deli sandwiches from Publix.
 
Tuesday, June 28, 2005, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., College of Medicine, Parking Lot 31
AMSGS and the USF HSC will be hosting a Florida Blood Services blood drive. The blood mobile will be parked in lot 31. Please come out and donate if willing and able, the FBS is in desperate need of donors. Each pint of blood will help 3 people. Call 1-800-68-BLOOD for questions. Thank you!
 
Friday, July 1, 2005, 5:30 p.m., Chili's Grill & Bar (2794 East Fowler Avenue)
AMSGS Happy Hour!
Start the Fourth of July holiday weekend with a BANG! Join the AMSGS for Happy Hour. 
 
Friday, July 8, 2005, 1:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation, "Characterization of the Dopaminergic Potential of the NT ERA2/D1 Cell Line", by Iwona E. Misiuta (Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Therapeutics). Iwona's co-major professors are Dr. Alison Willing, Center for Aging and Brain Repair and Dr. Paul Gottschall, Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Therapeutics.
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a Defense Celebration at 4:00 p.m. in MDC 1507.
 
Thursday, July 14, 2005, 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
AMSGS Monthly Luncheon
Lunch will be tacos, burritos, beans, and rice as well as fresh fruit and veggies. We hope to see many of you there!
 
Tuesday, July 19, 2005, 10:00 a.m., MDL 1005
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation, "Promoting and Preventing Alzheimer's Disease in a Transgenic Mouse Model: Apolipoprotein E and Environmental Enrichment", by David A. Costa (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). David's major professor is Dr. Huntington Potter, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a Defense Celebration at 1:00 p.m. in MDL 1022.
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2005, 10:00 a.m., MDL 1003
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation, "Function of Human a42 Neuronal Nicotinic Receptors: Dependence on Phosphorylation State of the a4 Subunit", by Christopher Q. Rogers (Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Therapeutics). Chris' major professor is Dr. Lynn Wecker, Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Therapeutics.
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a Defense Celebration at 3:00 p.m. in MDC 1507.
 
Friday, July 22, 2005, 12:00 p.m., MDL 1003
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation, "Sigma Receptor Modulation of Voltage-Gated Ion Channels in Rat Autonomic Neurons", by Hongling Zhang (Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Therapeutics). Hongling's major professor is Dr. Javier Cuevas, Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Therapeutics.
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a Defense Celebration at 4:30 p.m. in MDC 1507.
 
Thursday, August 11, 2005, 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
AMSGS Monthly Luncheon
Pizza and fresh fruit will be served.
Please note there will be no monthly luncheon in September (Annual Fall Welcome Picnic instead).
 
Wednesday, August 24, 2005, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDC 1507 and Atrium Area
New Student Welcome - Ice Cream Social
Come and welcome all the new students admitted into various graduate programs within the College of Medicine. The event is sponsored by the College of Medicine, Office of Graduate Affairs.
 
Friday, August 26, 2005, 5:00 p.m., Bennigan's  (2206 E Fowler Ave; 813-977-3506; University Square Mall Parking Lot)
AMSGS Happy Hour!
Come enjoy the last Friday before classes resume and celebrate Happy Hour with the AMSGS. We hope to see many faces, new and old!
 
Monday, August 29, 2005, 10:30 a.m., SRB David Murphy Conference Room 1
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation, "The Nuclear-Cytoplasmic Trafficking of DNA Topoisomerase II Alpha in Hematological Myeloma Cell Lines as a Function of Drug Sensitivity: Clinical Implications and a Theoretical Approach for Overcoming the Observed Drug Resistance" by Roxane Engel (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). Roxane's major professor is Dr. Daniel Sullivan, Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a Defense Celebration at 4:00 p.m. in MDL 1022.
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2005, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., College of Medicine, Parking Lot 31
AMSGS and the USF HSC will be hosting a Florida Blood Services blood drive. The blood mobile will be parked in lot 31. Please come out and donate if willing and able, the FBS is in desperate need of donors! Each pint of blood will help 3 people. Call 1-800-68-BLOOD for questions. Thank you!
 
Thursday, September 8, 2005, 7:00 p.m., MOSI on Fowler Ave
BODIES -- The Exhibition
Please contact Josh. Josh has negotiated a $12/person group rate with MOSI for the exhibit. Friends and family are invited to attend. Please meet at MOSI between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. For more info about this exhibit visit http://www.bodiestheexhibition.com.
 
Friday, September 9, 2005, 9:30 a.m., MDL 1005
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation, "Sialic Acid Modulation of Cardiac Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel Gating Throughout the Developing Myocardium" by Patrick J. Stocker (Department of Physiology and Biophysics). Patrick's major professor is Dr. Eric Bennett, Department of Physiology and Biophysics.
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a Defense Celebration at 2:30 p.m. in MDL 1022.
 

Saturday, September 10, 2005, 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Compton Park Recreation Center  

Annual Fall Welcome Picnic -- Save the date!!
Please contact Josh with questions. RSVPs can be emailed to AMSGSrsvp@yahoo.com by September 7, 2005.
Please plan to attend this event for a fun afternoon with current and new graduate students.
Directions from USF: Go North on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Take BBD to Tampa Palms Blvd. and make a right (at the light). Then take the third left onto Compton Drive. The clubhouse will be on your right.
 
Thursday, October 13, 2005, 11:30 a.m., MDC 1507
AMSGS Monthly Luncheon
 
Friday, October 21, 2005, 10:00 a.m., MDC 1507
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation, "Study of the Roles of LRBA in Cancer Cell Proliferation and SHIP-1 in NK Cell Function" by Joshua J. Gamsby (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). Josh's major professor is Dr. William Kerr, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology.
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a Defense Celebration at 4:00 p.m. in MDL 1022, Graduate Student Lounge.
 
Friday, November 4, 2005, 9:00 a.m., MDL 1005
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation, "Chromosome Missegregation in Alzheimer's Disease caused by Presenilin 1" by Debrah I. Boeras (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). Debi's major professor is Dr. Huntington Potter, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
 
Friday, November 4, 2005, 5:00 p.m., Coconut Bay (East Fowler Avenue across from Bennigan's at Mel's Diner previous location)
AMSGS Happy Hour!
 
Monday, November 7, 2005, 12:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation, "The Role and Regulation of Argininosuccinate Synthase in Endothelial Function" by Bonnie Goodwin (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). Bonnie's major professor is Dr. Duane Eichler, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a Defense Celebration at 4:00 p.m. in MDL 1022, Graduate Student Lounge.
 
Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., College of Medicine, Parking Lot 31
AMSGS and the USF health are hosting a Florida Blood Services blood drive. Please come out and donate if willing and able, the FBS is in desperate need of donors! Each pint of blood will help 3 people. All donors will receive a T-shirt and a wellness checkup (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screen). Call 1-800-68-BLOOD for questions. Thank you!
 
Tuesday, November 22, 2005, 11:30 a.m., College of Nursing Atrium / Gathering area (enter by main entrance on North side of the new CON building)
AMSGS Holiday Luncheon
You are cordially invited to attend the AMSGS Holiday Luncheon. Come and join friends and faculty for this social event and fantastic food! Catering will be provided by Piccadilly Cafeteria.
Please RSVP to amsgsRSVP@yahoo.com by Tuesday, November 15, 2005.
Please bring non-perishable food items to donate to our food drive. Christmas Angel Tree tags will also be handed out at this event.
 
Sunday, December 4, 2005, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m., USF Intramural Softball Fields (north of the Sun Dome)
2005 Klasko Cup Softball Tournament
Thanks to everyone who came out to play and support our team in the 2005 Klasko Cup Softball Tournament. Our team combined with the College of Nursing and put forth a great effort. In the first game, we beat the faculty team by a score of 9-5. The second game was an exciting come from behind 7-6 victory against the 1st year med students. Our third and final game resulted in a 6-2 loss to the 3rd and 4th year med students. Although we didn't win the tournament, we had a great time and we look forward to competing again next year.
 
Thursday, December 8, 2005, 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
AMSGS Monthly Luncheon
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2005, 12:00 p.m., MDL 1022
AMSGS Present Wrapping Party (of gifts from Christmas Angel Tree)
There are a few Christmas Angel tags left. Please stop by the Grad Student lounge and take one of the remaining tags from the tree. You will make Christmas a little more special for a foster child. We will be hosting a Present Wrapping party at 5:00 p.m. on  Wednesday, December 14, 2005 in the Grad Student Lounge. We will provide wrapping paper, bows, and tape. If you can't attend please bring your presents to Josh in MDC 2042 by December 14th (if you can have the gifts wrapped it would be much appreciated). Also, to ensure that each gift makes it to the correct child, attach the original Angel tag (or a photocopy of the original) to every item you purchase. Again, thanks to everyone who is participating and making Christmas special for a foster child!