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.
- 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.
- The 2013 recipient of the CSULB Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award is professor Young-Seok Shon of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Shon's research focuses on synthesizing nanomaterials and using them for a variety of technological applications that has implications for cancer diagnosis and therapy as well as waste water treatment. Shon's work on hybrid nanomaterials has provided many research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. Since joining the Department in 2006, Shon has given 51 presentations and had 28 papers published in prominent chemistry journals. He has received more than 90 citations to date. More about his accomplishments can be found in July's Inside CSULB.
- Mark Katayama, the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) and the Bridges to the Baccalaureate program coordinator in the Jensen SAS Center, is one of seven candidates out of 54 applicants selected for this year's CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP). As a CDIP participant, Mark begins the doctoral degree in higher education administration and policy at UC Riverside this fall and will be mentored by CSULB psychology professor Dustin Thoman. He expects to complete the degree in spring 2015. Katayama says that his acceptance into the CDIP program “feels like home” because he has experienced all three levels of California's higher education system, and his time at CSULB has made him love the CSU system and the students who are a part of this system. The July Inside CSULB has more about CDIP and the CSULB recipients.
- The Long Beach Press Telegram visited the CSULB campus in August and caught the action of the 5th and 6th graders in at this year's CSULB Young Scientists' Camp. The students, part of the "Don't Mess with Mother Nature" class, were constructing seismographs out cardboard, Styrofoam cups, pens and sand under the leadership of Katie Beck, a physics teacher at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove. The camp aims to give kids more hands-on experience with the sciences. The camp is for students in the second through eighth grades, as well as for high school girls to expose them to women in science. This year's theme is "Earth and Space Science." Digging into Science into Science” provided 2nd and 3rd graders the chance to study soil, animals, and rocks. In "Curiosity in Science," 3rd and 4th grade students studied Mars and space. Budding crime scene investigators in the 7th and 8th grades signed up for Forensic Investigations. The high school girls explored force and motion in the "Phun Physics for Phemales."
- Science learning @ the Beach went on the road on July 23 to take the Young Scientists' Camp to Long Beach Cabrillo High School where they have set up camp to share the wonders of science with homeless children. Science Education's Department Chair Laura Henriques was interviewed for a feature on Southern California Public Radio station 89.3-KPCC.
- Editte Gharakhanian, professor of biological sciences is one three faculty members at CSULB who have been recognized by the Division of Academic Affairs for their efforts in a variety of areas, including early career achievement, mentoring and impact accomplishment of the year in research, scholarly and creative activity. Gharakhanian has received the Academic Affairs Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Student Engagement in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity. The award recognizes her reputation for inspiring and challenging students as well as mentoring them through the entire scientific process from research design to implementation, presentation and publication. July's Inside CSULB has more on her accomplishments.
What's New in the CNSM
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|November 20, 2013
||The BIOL 439 class will host a Plant Morphology Poster Session at 5:00PM in the MLSC Lobby. All are invited.View flyer for Plant Morphology Symposium
|February 21, 2014
||26th Annual Student Research Competition. College of Business Building.
|March 6, 2014
||Nobel Laureate Lecture – Ei-ichi Negishi, Purdue University, Chemistry.
|March 7, 2014
||Faculty Research Symposium. USU Ballrooms.
|March 15, 2014
||Math Day at the Beach. University Student Union Ballrooms.
HSCI Dedication Photo Essay
Some of the many photos capturing the Hall of Science Dedication and Open House on September 23, 2011 have been compiled into a photo essay. Some of the moments captured in the essay include the reception honoring donors who named a seat in the new state-of-the-art lecture halls, the official dedication commemorated by Dean Kingsford, Provost Para, CSULB President Alexander, CSU Chancellor Reed, and keynote speaker Alumnus Bob Decker, Ph.D. and a ribbon cutting ceremony. In addition, there are pictures of the donors who named rooms, the self-guided tours, the lunch reception for all, and the VIP lunch for invited guests.
Name a Seat in the Hall of Science!
The building is open, and the halls are filled with students! The only thing missing is YOU and YOUR NAME attached to this state-of-the-art facility. Help ensure that it remains state-of-the-art into the future by making your tax-deductible gift in monthly, quarterly or semi-annual payments over the course of one year.
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