College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is a leader in undergraduate and graduate student research. Housed in a complex that includes the recently completed, state-of-the-art Hall of Science, the Molecular and Life Sciences Center, the Microbiology Building, and Faculty Office 3, the college's six departments offer 22 degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
- Why do skunks spray to defend themselves? The Press Telegram reports that assistant biology professor Theodore Stankowich and UC Davis biologist, Tim Caro, asked this question, and their results are reported in a paper published in Evolution: International Journal of Organic Evolution. They analyzed data on 181 species of carnivores, including the skunk, to discover why some animals spray to defend themselves while others live in social groups as a way to fight off predators.
- The 1/13/2014 edition of This Week @ The Beach presents the accomplishments of CSULB students and faculty at the 26th annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium held January 9-11, 2014 in Santa Clara. Two of the 12 recipients of the 2014 Howell-CSUPERB Research Scholar Award were Chemistry major Patricia Nguyen (mentored by Vas Narayanaswami) and Biochemistry major Phuc Nguyen (mentored by Roger Acey).
- The team mentored by Roger Acey made it to the finals in the CSUPERB-I2P (Idea to Product) Early-Stage Biotechnology Commercialization Challenge. The team of four students from Acey's lab, Kyle Booth, Phuc (Sam) Nguyen, David Steidle, and Nancy Trujilo was named "Crowd Favorite" for the project "Heavy Metal Sponge." This year's recipient of the Glenn Nagel Undergraduate Research Award was given to CSULB psychology major, Roldolfo Flores for his project in the area of neuropsychopharmacology. Overall, more than 45 students and another 20 faculty and staff from CSULB attended and took part in the symposium, primarily in the poster presentations.
- Kelp Watch 2014 now has a website! This collaborative project was initiated by Biological Sciences professor Steven Manley with Kai Vetter of UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to determine the extent of possible radionuclide contamination (primarily Cesium-137 & -134) of our kelp forest ecosystem from seawater arriving in Fukushima in 2014. Stay abreast of the latest developments on Twitter. Follow @KelpWatch2014.
- This Week @ The Beach Kelp Watch 2014 and the Daily 49er Kelp Watch 2014 report that Kelp Watch 2014 is underway. Initiated by CSULB Biology Professor Steven L. Manley, the watch is a scientific campaign designed to determine the extent of contamination of the California kelp forests due to the release of radioisotopes from the damaged Fukusima reactor into the ocean. Manley will be working with Kai Vetter, the head of Applied Nuclear Physics at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who will provide detailed radionuclide analyses of samples of Giant Kelp and Bull Kelp from along the California Coast.
- Science Education alumni are award winners! Just this past month, Science Credential alumna Jennifer (Arneson) Smith (2006), was selected as a 2013 Milken Educator Awardee. Mrs. Smith teaches earth science and STEM classes at Pioneer Middle School in Tustin Unified. As part of the award, Jennifer received a $25,000 check from the Milken Foundation, and received local new coverage.
- In late October, The California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) named Tania Hughes winner of the CSTA Future Science Teacher Award. Ms. Hughes receives the award as she has embarked on a new adventure, serving a 27-month Peace Corps assignment in Mozambique to teach English. She completed her B.A. in Liberal Arts and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential this past year in the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP), and during her student teaching, she taught two science units that she spearheaded and designed: Fourth Grade Electricity and Magnetism and Second Grade Geology. Ms. Hughes was recognized in CSULB's This Week @ The Beach, and the Long Beach Press Telegram.
- The Press Telegram featured the CSULB Shark Lab on 11/30/2013, highlighting the lab's 50-year legacy of applying cutting edge technology, beginning with the late Donald Nelson's scientific application of a technology, acoustic telemetry, to the study of shark behavior. Today his former master's student, Chris Lowe, oversees one of the largest acoustic telemetry labs on the West Coast, with more than $500,000 in equipment. Funded with state, federal and private sources, the equipment has been used to look at how fish use offshore oil platforms, move around polluted habitats and recover from recreational and commercial fishing. "It's really cutting-edge science here," Lowe said. "It's exported to the world."
- The Press Telegram features CSULB Biology alumnus Eric Zahn, M.S. (2006), and his company, Tidal Influence, and their latest project which involves working for the Los Cerritos Wetlands Trust to accomplish restoration of the Los Cerritos Wetlands in Long Beach, an area of 500 acres of that is a fraction of salt marsh. The rest is made up of oil fields, landfills, concrete river channels, and electric power plants.
- The CSULB Shark Lab continues to gain recognition. Shark Lab member and marine biology graduate student Kady Lyons was first author on an article in the Fisheries Research journal, "The degree and result of gillnet fishery interactions with juvenile white sharks in southern California assessed by fishery-independent and -dependent methods." Earlier this summer, Shark Lab Director and Biological Sciences Professor Christopher Lowe was a featured speaker at the Sportfishing Conservancy's August 10 Best Practices Workshop where he shared his findings from studies on rockfish and included recommendations for successfully recompressing and releasing these bottom dwelling species to an audience focused on improving their catch and release techniques. In addition, Dr. Lowe was featured in an Aquarium of the Pacific May 2013 aquacast, The Recovery of Apex Marine Predator Populations, to discuss federal and state agencies and regulations and how they have helped sharks recover.
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View the November edition of Highlights, the CNSM newsletter.
|March 7, 2014
||Faculty Research Symposium. USU Ballrooms.
|March 15, 2014
||Math Day at the Beach. University Student Union Ballrooms.
|April 8, 2014
||Nobel Laureate Lecture – Ei-ichi Negishi, Purdue University, Chemistry. View Flyerfor Negishi Lecture
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