July 16, 2019

Happy Tuesday!  Some of these announcements were on last week’s list; they’re too good to miss, and the deadlines haven’t yet passed.  Read on and have a great week!

  1. Schisler Lab Intern
  2. Be a Peer Mentor for BIOL 117, Pre-Health Thrive-1 Considering Health Professions this Fall!
  3. Center for Global Initiatives:  applications open for 2 great programs
  4. Volunteer at the Durham VA Hospital
  5. MedScribes:  We’re Hiring Medical Scribes in the Triangle!
  6. Carolina Navigators Global Service-Learning Experience
  7. Register: PA Virtual Fair on July 24
  8. A Helping Hand:  Fall pre-health service-learning internship opportunity
  9. CCPS:  Sign up for Aug. 2 disaster relief trip to eastern North Carolina


1.   The Schisler Lab at UNC is actively looking for students who are interested in gaining experience in a research laboratory setting. The research program focuses on understanding the contribution of our personal genome in age-related diseases to uncover the mechanistic underpinnings of aging in both health and disease. In turn, the Lab uses these findings to develop pharmacological and genetic therapies. The expertise of the Schisler Lab is based in the integration of complex genomic-biologic data to elucidate risk relationships in both murine and human systems with a focus on human diseases that are mediated by changes in both metabolic and protein quality control mechanisms. Disease areas include cerebellar ataxias, accelerated aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, atherosclerosis, and cardiac hypertrophy.  Lab members integrate datasets derived from clinical genomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics to generate hypothesis then used to interrogate gene and protein function using a combination of molecular, cellular, and in vivo approaches.

For example, one project focuses on hereditary cerebral ataxias, characterized by a decline of motor coordination due to atrophy of the cerebellum, a region of the brain involved in coordination and motor control. Missense mutations in Carboxyl terminus of Hsc70-Interacting Protein (CHIP; encoded by the gene Stub1) was previously identified as a causal gene in spinocerebellar ataxia autosomal recessive 16 (SCAR16). CHIP is both a ubiquitin ligase and co-chaperone protein, playing a central role in protein quality control. This project involves testing motor skills in mice with a genetic disruption of the gene that encodes CHIP. Specifically, the Schisler Lab are interested in how different genetic backgrounds modulate CHIP function. Prior research indicates that knocking out one or both CHIP alleles inhibits motor coordination and cognitive abilities. The Lab is comparing the effect of CHIP disruption in mice either on a pure (C57BL/6J) or mixed (C57BL/6J;SvEv129) background using a set of motor function tests. This project is important for both the characterization of our preclinical models of CHIP dysfunction, but also in identifying potential genetic modifiers of CHIP that could be targeted as potential therapies for ataxias and age-related disorders.

Responsibilities of the position will include administering behavioral tests on the mice in the study (wire-hang and ledge tests), data entry/organization, and light mouse colony management. The selected student will be expected to be available for 10-20 hours/week.  We are in need of someone to start ASAP.

Students interested in volunteering should familiarize themselves with Dr. Jonathan Schisler’s publications and lab website (http://research.web.unc.edu/welcome/). Dr. Schisler has a hard-working and focused lab with a productive environment. Please feel free to email Becky Sanchez at: buckeyebecky@unc.edu for with your summer/fall availability, and resume.


2. Dr. De Saix and Dr. Alaina Garland are continuing their highly successful interprofessional course this fall (Bio 117). One of the great things about this course is the ‘near peer’ mentors who attend the evening sessions and serve as role models to the students. The purpose of the class is to expose undergraduate students to the many health professions at UNC (and beyond). The class is Wednesdays at 6:30 and lasts 1 hour 15 minutes. It is not the whole semester, but usually begins first day of classes in August and ends around October, but that may change. We will send you the dates asap. Your role in this would be to enjoy the sessions, and meet/connect with students during the class activities and session breaks—nothing intensive at all, but just sharing your love for your profession!

This is a great opportunity, if you are interested in participating please complete the document here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdc002ID4MdtsEzsvE_q65eaUGVCtgRLLrWKRoJqAgUS26SVg/viewform?usp=sf_link


3. Global Take Off: Puerto Rico: New to UNC? Whether you’re a first-year or a new transfer, if you have limited travel experience and financial need, you’re eligible for Global Take Off: Puerto Rico! This fully-funded program includes a five-day immersive experience in Puerto Rico over winter break. Ten UNC students will be selected to participate. Application due July 28. Apply.

Passport to Go! Never had a U.S. passport? If this is your first year at UNC and you have financial need, we’ll welcome you to campus by funding your first U.S. passport. The Passport to Go! program not only helps you apply and pay for your passport, but it will also connect you to a network of global opportunities on campus and abroad. Apply.


4. UNC Hospital is not the only option for volunteering!  Consider volunteering at the VA Hospital in Durham.  It’s right on the GoTriangle 400 Bus Route.


5.  MedScribes is in search of highly motivated, part-time candidates with strong customer service skills to provide documentation support to physicians. A scribe is a valuable, non-clinical member of the treatment team who optimizes workflow efficiency, ultimately improving the patient-provider interaction. Scribes work with providers in various settings, including emergency departments, outpatient clinics, and hospitals. We are seeking qualified individuals who would be willing to work at various times of day and in different locations.  Visit medscribes.com to learn more about qualification


6.  Carolina Navigators is a selective, globally-oriented service-learning program. Throughout the semester, students learn about global education and increase their intercultural knowledge by creating global education resources for students and educators in North Carolina. For non-APPLES students, the application deadline is Aug. 20; for APPLES students, the deadline is Sept. 8. For more information, including the application form, visit the Carolina Navigators service-learning webpage.


7. The Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) invites you to register for the Physician Assistant Virtual Fair on Wednesday, July 24, from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET. This is a free event for all students who are interested in exploring a career as a PA. Students will be able to:

  • Chat with representatives from 50 schools, PAEA, and CASPA
  • Learn insider tips on how to prepare for that crucial PA program interview
  • Attend live presentations and Q&As (or access the recordings on-demand) from current students and practicing PAs
  • Chat with pre-health advisors
  • Discover what makes PA one of the top health professions
  • And more!

Register Now!


8.  A Helping Hand is looking for fall interns to work with older adults and adults with disabilities. Interns work one-on-one with three clients per week, assisting with transportation to errands and appointments and providing in-home assistance. A car is required. Priority will be given to applications received by Aug. 9. For more information, visit the website or contact Sarah Priest.


9. Sign up for Aug. 2 disaster relief trip to eastern North Carolina
CCPS is hosting a relief trip to Lumberton, North Carolina, on Friday, Aug. 2, to assist with recovery efforts in response to recent hurricanes. The group will leave from Memorial Hall at 7:15 a.m. and return to campus no later than 6:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and transportation will be provided. There are no required skills needed to volunteer, but please let us know if you have specific skills, experiences or tools that will be helpful on the work site. Register here for the Aug. 2 relief trip. Visit UNC disaster relief trips for information about past trips and more details about these experiences. Email Becca with questions.


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